Three Edmonton sprinters - Desiree Henry, Chijindu Ujah and Ojie Edoburun - have been selected to represent Team GB in athletics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The opening ceremony for the Games will take place on the evening of Friday 5 August, and the Games will close on Sunday 21 August.
Desiree Henry (aged 20) is representing Team GB in the women’s 100m and 4x100m. She was one of seven young people chosen to light the Olympic cauldron at the London 2012 Olympic ceremony, nominated to do so by decathlete Daley Thompson CBE. She is now the third fastest female sprinter this country has ever produced.
Chijindu “CJ” Ujah (aged 22), the fifth British sprinter to break under 10 seconds for the 100m, will be taking part in the men’s 100m sprint and 4x100m relay. Ojie Edoburun (aged 20) also joins Team GB for the 4x100m.
Speaking on the subject, Kate says:
“I am delighted that Desiree Henry, Chijindu Ujah and Ojie Edoburun have been selected to represent Team GB in the Olympic Games this August.
The determination, passion, discipline and drive that these young athletes have shown in their sporting career is impressive and inspiring. I am excited to watch their performances this summer and to see them grow in the years to come.
They are excellent role models for our community and I wish them all the best for Rio – they are already winners.”