Olympic bronze medallist Tasha Danvers will captain London South at next month’s Super8 competition in Cardiff. The exciting two-hour City versus City concept is being piloted in the Welsh capital next month and leading British athletes are giving their backing to the idea.
Danvers, who thrillingly finished 3rd in the women’s 400m hurdles in Beijing last year, fancies the chances of London South against teams representing Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, London North, Glasgow, Sheffield and the host city at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Wednesday 10 June.
Teams will consist of athletes who have a strong connection with the city they represent, plus each team will include two overseas “players.” The mixed teams will compete for a share of the £75,000 prize pot over a dynamic fast-paced format which incorporates 10 track and field events plus relays.
Danvers, who was born in Camberwell and went to school in Croydon said: “I love the idea of representing London South and to captain the team is just wicked. I’m really looking forward to getting it on with the rest of the city team in the Super8 competition. We are made of tough stuff in South London and I look forward to proving it on June 10.”
UK Indoor 800m champion Jenny Meadows was confirmed last week as the captain of Manchester, more big names will be announced in the coming days.
Super8 will consist of 100m, 110mh, 400m, 800m, 1500m, pole vault, high jump, long jump, javelin, shot and medley relays (200,200,400,600). Super 8 will act as the final selection event for the Aviva GB & NI team for the European Team Championships.
Tickets went on sale last week at just £5 each and can be purchased at www.uka.org.uk
Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine