Shakes-Drayton named captain for European Team Championships
Athletics news: Perri Shakes-Drayton to lead star-studded team in Gateshead
Perri Shakes-Drayton has been named as Team GB captain for the upcoming European Athletics Team Championships.
The 400m hurdler will lead a star-studded team at the Gateshead International Stadium later this month, including Olympic gold medalists in London last summer Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford.
Gold medalist in Beijing and silver medalist in London Christine Ohurugo and hurdler Dai Greene are also included in the team for the event which gets underway on June 22.
Robbie Grabarz, Holly Bleasdale and Hannah England will also take part in the event.
Shakes-Drayton says she is proud to lead such a talented team, and is looking forward to setting a good example for her team-mates.
"I'm so pleased to be selected as team captain and proud for myself and my coach," she said.
“As an athlete you want to perform the best you possibly can on the track but it's always pleasing if you can be seen as a leader and a good example for your team-mates.
"When I went to the World Juniors in 2006 I was team captain there and I was incredibly proud. I hope I can use my experience to help guide some of the new team members as we try to win the title in front of our home crowd!"
British Athletics head coach Peter Eriksson said the decision to name such a strong team was made to ensure plenty of success on home soil.
"In selecting the team we prioritised athletes who would give us best possible chance to win this prestigious competition whilst competing in front of an enthusiastic home crowd," said Eriksson, who will step down from his role at the end of month.
"I am delighted that our athletes have made this event a key part of their summer campaign and look forward to seeing how close we can get to repeating the victories of 2000 and 1989.
“It is also a pleasure to name Perri Shakes-Drayton as team captain for the Championships. She was excellent at the European Indoors in March winning two gold medals against top class competition, and I know that she can lead by example both on and off the track this weekend.”