The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has appointed new World Class programme jobs, aiming for “much-needed” stability ahead of Tokyo 2020.
Eventing performance manager Richard Waygood will take on the role of performance director up to and including Tokyo, operations manager Sophie Thomas is promoted to programme leader, Event Horse Owners Association director Alex van Tuyll will support Sophie, and British Dressage communications manager Winnie Murphy will also cover the head of communications position for the BEF.
Richard said he had “no hesitation” about taking up the challenge.
“Once every four years the ultimate sporting occasion arrives and it’s everyone’s ambition to be involved and to positively influence medal-winning performances,” he said.
“We have a professional and dedicated team of riders, owners, grooms and support staff who are more than up to the task. If I can play my part in channelling ambition towards performance and ensure the athletes are in prime position for success, it’ll be mission accomplished.”
BEF interim chief executive Iain Graham said there had been a period of change and the priority is to “settle the team” and ensure athletes can focus on their performance.
“These appointments will bring much-needed stability and support for our established team and further strengthen the expertise to ensure all athletes, human and equine, are fully prepared and effectively managed to create a positive environment for medal-winning performances,” he said.
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