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It's the right time to move on says British Olympic chief Hunt

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

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ANDY Hunt, the Cheltenham-based chief executive of the British Olympic Association will stand down from his role at the end of the month, writes James Young.

The man who led Team GB into action at London 2012 said that he was proud of his achievements in the role but it was the right time to move on to pastures new.

Hunt, who lives with his wife Louise and four children in Charlton Kings, informed the BOA of his decision at a board meeting yesterday and he is set to leave his post at the end of the month.

"It has been an amazing four years leading the BOA as the host National Olympic Committee for the London 2012 Games," said Hunt, 48.

"I will always be proud to have led Team GB at a home Games and of the fantastic performance of the team this summer and the way in which the BOA supported the athletes.

"Now that the Games are over, and the organisation's strategy for the next four years is taking shape, the BOA's responsibilities and the job of the CEO are different.

"I feel it is the right time for me to move on to another leadership role with breadth and profile similar to the responsibilities I've fulfilled since 2008."

Hunt's background is in match sailing and he took up his role with the BOA in the immediate aftermath of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

He was at the forefront of the planning process ahead of the home Olympic Games, during which Team GB claimed a record haul of 65 medals, 29 of which were gold.

Speaking to The Citizen in the aftermath of the Olympics, Hunt looked back on what he called an "extraordinary and surreal month."

Asked whether the performance of the team exceeded his own expectations he said: "We nailed it – in fact, we beyond nailed it.

"I think we surpassed every single person's expectations. It was the largest and, most complex production in the world and we did a magnificent job.

"The main thing about the London Games was that we had so much success. But that was because we had the most comprehensive plan that we had ever put in place for British Athletes.

"The support, preparation and planning over the 26 sports was immense. And you know what, everything worked."

That view was echoed by Lord Sebastian Coe, the man who brought the Games to London and who delivered what was widely considered as one of the most successful Olympic Games ever.

"Team GB had the very best facilities, care and preparation at the London 2012 Games thanks to the tireless efforts and passion of Andy Hunt and his team over the last four years," Lord Coe said.

"I know I speak on behalf of all Team GB athletes and the BOA Board when I say thank you to Andy for the work he has done, and I wish him all the best in his next endeavour."

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