The BOA selected ‘Team GB’ from the best UK sportsmen and women who then went on to compete in London 2012 and was the most successful ever coming third in the overall medal table behind China and the USA winning 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze medals – a record haul of 65 medals.
The BOA is independent and relies upon the income it receives from fundraising and events. ‘Team 2012’ is name of the official funding support programme for Team GB and their Paralympic contemporaries in the build-up to London 2012
The Patel family contributed more than £400,000 to support Team 2012 in the form of donations or gifts in kind. Dr and Mrs Patel also attended and supported fundraising events, such as The British Olympic Balls in 2010 and 2011.
In addition, the Patel family also donated £25,000 in support of ‘Britain’s Olympic Ambition’ – a programme that aims to inspire and better prepare aspiring young athletes for success in future competitions; and to ‘First Games: Home Games’ – a BOA educational programme to prepare athletes for a home games environment and / or their first Games – using the experience of international Olympians via digital interview and regional events.
” My whole family was immensely proud to be associated with supporting Team GB in the build-up to London 2012 and to assist the BOA to succeed with its mission by deliver probably the most successful and community focused Olympic Games ever. My proudest personal memory was undoubtedly carrying the Olympic torch for part of its epic journey across London but the opening and closing ceremonies were also breathtaking in their creativity, coupled with the outstanding successes of our incredible athletes in Team GB”. – Chai Patel