23 Nov 11

London 2012 Partner EDF Unveils International Team of Athlete Ambassadors

~ Seb Coe, chair of London 2012 Organising Committee and Vincent de Rivaz, CEO of EDF Energy meet with 36 top-class athletes from across Europe in London ~

Team EDF*, an international line up of thirty six athletes from across Europe, including 15 Olympic and Paralympic champions, was launched today in the presence of Seb Coe at London’s Tower Bridge.

As members of Team EDF, the athletes from the UK, France, Hungary and Poland are committed to help further strengthen EDF’s links with sport. EDF is an official partner and the electricity supplier of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Team EDF represents one of the largest European teams of athlete ambassadors combining four nationalities, Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists and sporting disciplines including rowing, swimming, cycling and kayaking.

Joining the multi-national Team EDF are British Olympic Medallists, Victoria Pendleton, Tim Brabants and Katherine Grainger and Paralympic medallists, Ellie Simmonds, Liz Johnson and Tom Aggar. Other high profile European Team EDF athletes include French Olympic swimmer, Alain Bernard, Hungarian kayaker, Attila Vajda and Polish rower, Julia Michalska.

Members of Team EDF will play an important role in sharing EDF’s vision for a low carbon future and inspiring people across Europe to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

EDF has invested significantly in sport and has supported over 100 elite athletes in France over the last ten years. With the Games fast approaching, EDF is bringing Team EDF to London to encourage them to share their experiences and to remind them that EDF will be fully behind them as a supporter and partner throughout this Olympic and Paralympic adventure.

Vincent de Rivaz, CEO of EDF Energy said: “We are proud to be a tier one partner of the 2012 Games during which we will provide our expertise in low carbon electricity. Becoming a partner in London 2012 has given us the opportunity to internationalise Team EDF and we are thrilled to have such a first class line up of talent. Team EDF embodies the spirit and internationalism of the Olympics and Paralympics and plays an important role in supporting EDF’s vision for a low carbon future well beyond 2012. This team also reflects the international dimension of the EDF Group as the leading electricity producer in Europe.’’

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said: “EDF has been with us from the very beginning of the journey to London 2012, they were the first partner of the bid and one of our very first tier one partners. This team of athlete ambassadors is packed full of talent. It gives me great pleasure to see such commitment to the people that will really light up the Games and to see such a good alignment between the company and the athletes in what they can do for each other. I am expecting to see quite a few of these athletes on the podiums next year.”

EDF is using its partnership with London 2012, and EDF Energy’s position as the UK’s largest producer of low carbon electricity, to inspire people to become more sustainable. This includes being one of the key partners in a project to replace all of the lighting on the Capital’s iconic Tower Bridge with state-of-the-art energy efficient LED lighting that will save at least 40% of the energy consumption whilst improving the lighting. The project is being carried out in partnership with the City of London, GLA and fellow London 2012 Partner, GE.

Victoria Pendleton, World and Olympic champion cyclist said: “As a member of Team EDF it is great to meet other members of the team from across Europe. It’s a fantastic chance to celebrate sportsmanship and to highlight the role that the Olympic and Paralympic Games can play in bringing different nations together. It’s also been good to discuss how London 2012 is an engaging platform for encouraging people in the UK and beyond to think about sustainability”.

Tim Brabants, UK Olympic champion kayaker, said: “Being part of the Olympics is much more than just your individual performance and Team EDF really embodies the international spirit of the Games and the shared goals that we all have. I’m delighted to be one of the newest members of Team EDF and using the Games as a way to inspire people across Europe to engage with responsible energy use, which is something I am committed to in my everyday life. ”

Alain Bernard, French Olympic champion swimmer, said: “We participate in a variety of sports and come from different countries, but within Team EDF, we are all united around a passion for the sport and an indestructible wish to give the best of ourselves next year for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. I learn a lot through contact with my Team EDF friends. The exchange on our physical preparations and the sharing of our experiences motivate us in our quest of performance.”

Attila Vajda, Hungarian Olympic canoeist, said: “I’m proud to have joined Team EDF with my Hungarian compatriots Gabor Horvath and Tamas Varga. Deeply attached to this team, I feel a strong affiliation to this European group which crosses national divides. In London, before being competitors we will all be team-mates and I will be the first supporter of the other 35 athletes.”

Julia Michalska, Polish world rowing champion, said: “The values of sport in general, and in particular Olympic values, correspond perfectly to the spirit of Team EDF . We stand together and support each other, respect our competitors and the environment where we are developing and show our fighting team spirit. In rowing, the collective notion is extremely important and beyond my association with Magdalena Fularczyk in double sculls, I’m delighted to be part of this team of athletes.”

Note to editors:

*Team EDF is a sponsorship initiative that supports athletes in their efforts to qualify and participate in the London 2012 Olympic Games

Team EDF in numbers:

  • 36 athletes
  • 45 European and World Championship medals won in 2011 including 11 World Champion titles
  • 26 male and 10 female athletes
  • 11 European and 25 French athletes
  • 5 swimmers, 7 canoeists and kayakists, 10 rowers, 13 paralympic athletes, 1 indoor track cyclist
  • 17 EDF Group employees
  • 13 Paralympic athletes

SwimmingCanoeing/ kayakingRowingCyclingParalympic sports
  • Yannick Agnel
  • Coralie Balmy
  • Alain Bernard
  • Hugues Duboscq
  • Camille Muffat
  • Tony Estanguet
  • Denis Gargaud-Chanut
  • Sébastien Jouve
  • Fabien Lefèvre

  • Julien Bahain
  • Thomas Baroukh
  • Cédric Berrest
  • Jean-Christophe Bette
  • Adrien Hardy
  • Fabrice Moreau

  • Arnaud Assoumani (athletics)
  • Frédéric Bellais (table tennis)
  • Laurent François (fencing)
  • Marie-Amélie Le Fur (athletics)
  • Elodie Lorandi (swimming)
  • Emeric Martin (table tennis)
  • Fabrice Meunier (archery)
  • Cyril Moré (fencing & alpine skiing)
  • Charles Rozoy (swimming)
  • Damien Tokatlian (fencing)

  • Gabor Horvath
  • Attila Vajda
  • Tamas Varga

  • Magdalena Fularczyk
  • Julia Michalska
  • Tim Brabants
  • Katherine Grainger
  • Victoria Pendleton
  • Tom Aggar (rowing)
  • Ellie Simmonds (swimming)
  • Liz Johnson (swimming)