Team GBR - in the back room talks to Milly Minors, the British team's Olympic administrator
Team GBR involves not just enormous amounts of hard work, talent and dedication on the part of the sailors, but also the support and back-up of a dedicated group of individuals. The RYA employs an elite group of coaches, weather experts, administrators, physios and nutritionists to ensure that our sailors are at their peak, both physically and mentally. We thought it was about time that some of these people were dragged out of the shadows and into the daylight. Milly Mynors is the Olympic administrator out in Sydney and works closely alongside John Derbyshire, the Olympic Manager, to provide the support structure. mfs - Milly, how long have you been out here in Australia and what have you been doing? MM - I’ve been out here for nearly two weeks now and we’ve mainly been setting up the operations centre down at Rushcutters Bay, moving everything over from Woolahra Sailing Club where the British team has been based for pretty much the last three years. mfs - How did the British team come to have a base at Woolahra Sailing Club and what was the set-up like over there for our sailors? MM - We basically rented space from Woolahra Sailing Club in Rose Bay, which meant that we were allowed to store our boats in the compound. We had about half the dinghy space in the compound allocated to us. We also had three offices at the club, and this year the Sailing Club actually gave up their Committee Room for us, which was fantastic. That gave us a room with a fantastic view over the harbour for our weather guys to monitor the wind and weather, and base the computers for our remote linked weather station. We had two equipment stores, a room for the physio and an under cover workshop area. mfs