A SPORTS coach from Sunderland will be helping British swimmers get to the pool on time at this summer’s Olympic Games in London.
Dawn Peart, of Usworth, Washington, has been chosen as manager for the British Olympic swimming team as they go for gold.
She will be responsible for sorting flights, accommodation and travel for 43 pool swimmers and one open-water swimmer who will represent the United Kingdon in the world’s greatest sporting competition.
Dawn, 51, said: “It’s about sorting logistics and planning to create the kind of high performance for the athletes and support staff” .
Before the games begin, Dawn will also be in charge of arranging preparations for the team’s training camp in Edinburgh later this month.
On July 16, she will accompany the team to the Athletes’ Village in London.
“We do that so we can familiarise ourselves with the location and environment,” said Dawn, who used to swim in national championships and began coaching almost 30 years ago.
Crucially, Dawn has experience of the job before, having overseen the smooth running of Team GB’s successful swimming campaign in the Beijing Olympics four years ago.
Despite her numerous achievements as a coach and manager, Dawn believes this summer will be the crowing glory for her career.
It is the first time the Olympics has been held in Britain since 1948.
“It’s special as it’s a home Olympics,” said Dawn, who is married to Geoff, 56.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to use the cliche. But it’s true.
“There are not many other ways to describe it.”
She is also confident that the group will do the country proud by getting a significant number of participants on to the podium in medal positions.
“The expectation on them is really high, as you expect, but I am sure that they can do it.”