THE Olympic Games begin this weekend, with the eyes of the sporting world set to turn towards Tokyo. Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson profiles the competitors from the North East and North Yorkshire preparing to represent Team GB.



RICHARD KILTY (Middlesbrough, 4x100m relay)

Having previously been crowned World Indoor champion over 60m, Kilty has developed into something of a relay specialist in the last few years. While the ‘Teesside Tornado’ has not qualified for the individual sprint events, he is part of Britain’s powerful 4x100m relay team. Kilty ran the third leg in last week’s warm-up event in Gateshead, and is likely to remain in the same slot in Tokyo.

SCOTT LINCOLN (Northallerton, shot put)

A six-time British champion, Lincoln, who is a member of the City of York athletics club, will be making his Olympic debut in Tokyo. Currently ranked 35 in the world, Lincoln boasts a personal best of 21.28m in the shot, which was set in the Czech Republic earlier this year. The 28-year-old finished third in this year’s European Team Championships.

MARC SCOTT (Northallerton, 5,000m and 10,000m)

The Northern Echo: Great Britain's Marc Scott in the Men's International Race A, part of the 2021 Muller British Athletics 10,000m Championships and the European 10,000m Cup at University of Birmingham.

One of the most rapidly improving athletes on Team GB, Scott beat Sir Mo Farah in the British trials to earn his place in Tokyo. Born in Northallerton, and a member of Richmond and Zetland Harriers, Scott is now based in the US after completing a scholarship at the University of Tulsa. He will double up in the 5,000m and 10,000m in Tokyo.


LUKE McCORMACK (Washington, lightweight)

A member of Birtley ABC, and twin brother of fellow Team GB member Pat, Luke McCormack will make his Olympic debut when he competes at lightweight in Tokyo. The 26-year-old is a European Championship silver medallist, and also won a bronze medal at the last Commonwealth Games in 2018.

PAT McCORMACK (Washington, welterweight)

The more experienced of the McCormack brothers, Pat heads to Tokyo as one of the strongest gold-medal prospects on the GB boxing team. He won gold at 2019’s European Games and also claimed a silver at the most recent World Championships. A Commonwealth Games gold medallist, this could well prove to be Pat’s swansong in the amateur ranks before turning professional.


CHARLIE TANFIELD (Great Ayton, travelling reserve)

A proven performer on both the track and road, Tanfield won a gold medal as part of GB’s team pursuit squad at the 2018 World Championships. He also claimed a silver medal at the Worlds in 2019 but has subsequently spent most of his time on the road. He has been selected as the travelling reserve for the men’s endurance, so will step up if there are any issues.


JACK LAUGHER (Ripon, 3m synchro and 3m springboard)

The Northern Echo: File photo dated 11-04-2018 of England's Jack Laugher. Issue date: Wednesday June 2, 2021.

Laugher, who started his diving career in Harrogate and is now based in Leeds, was one of the stars of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. He teamed up with Chris Mears to win gold in the 3m synchro and also claimed a silver in the individual 3m springboard. Since then, he has won gold medals at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games and warmed up for Tokyo by winning gold with his new synchro partner, Dan Goodfellow, at the Olympic test event.



Born in Berwick, and a former player with Sunderland Ladies who briefly spent time as a child living on Lindisfarne, Bronze has established herself as one of the best female players in the world thanks to her exploits with England, Manchester City and Lyon. A three-time Champions League winner, the full-back was named FIFA Women’s Player of the Year in 2020.

RACHEL DALY (Harrogate)

Harrogate-born Daly began her career with Leeds, but has spent most of her time as a professional playing in the United States. A versatile player who can fill a variety of roles, the 29-year-old currently plays with Houston Dash, although she spent part of last season on loan at West Ham. She was part of the England squad at the last World Cup.


The Northern Echo: England captain Steph Houghton is part of the Team GB women's football team in Tokyo

England captain Houghton is one of the most successful and well-known players in the women’s game. She was part of the Team GB squad at the 2012 Olympics in London, with her goals in all three group games, including a Wembley winner against Brazil, helping transform the profile of women’s football. Formerly with Sunderland, Houghton now plays for Manchester City.

JILL SCOTT (Sunderland)

Another vastly-experienced international, Sunderland-born Scott was also part of the GB squad at the 2012 Games in London. Earlier this year, the midfielder made a landmark 150th senior international appearance for England in a 6-0 win over Northern Ireland. Previously with Sunderland and Manchester City, she is now in her second spell with Everton.

DEMI STOKES (South Shields)

The fourth Sunderland Ladies product in the Team GB squad, Stokes was raised in South Shields. She has been with Manchester City since 2015, and made her England debut in 2014. A left-back who is known for her aggressive forward runs, Stokes boasts 56 international caps and a league title and three FA Cup winners’ medal with Manchester City.



Now based in the US, Ewart-Shadoff spent her childhood in Middleham and first took up golf at Catterick Golf Club. She completed a scholarship at the University of New Mexico, and has subsequently established herself on the LPGA Tour. She finished second in the Women’s British Open in 2017 and has also recorded three second-placed finishes on the LPGA Tour.


AIMEE WILLMOTT (Middlesbrough, 400m IM)

The Northern Echo: Aimee Willmott during the kitting out session for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 at the Birmingham NEC, UK. Picture date: Wednesday June 16, 2021.

This will be Willmott’s third Olympic appearance, with the Teessider having previously competed in London and Rio. A Commonwealth gold medallist in 2018, and a European medallist over both long-course and short-course, 28-year-old Willmott will retire from swimming after competing in her preferred event, the 400m Individual Medley, in Tokyo. Having started swimming at Middlesbrough ASC, she is currently based at the University of Stirling.


PAUL DRINKHALL (Loftus, men’s singles)

Having initially been left off GB’s table tennis squad, Drinkhall will be competing at his third Olympics after receiving a late call-up. The 31-year-old was offered a place in the men’s singles thanks to his world ranking after Belarus’ Vladimir Samsonov was forced to withdraw through injury. Raised in Loftus, Drinkhall is a two-time Commonwealth champion.