The technology partnership between BAE Systems and UK Sport has benefited more than 30 different sports, 250 Olympic and Paralympic athletes since its conception in 2008. Sports include taekwondo, track cycling, BMX cycling, skeleton bobsled, bobsled, sailing, short track speed skating, athletics (projectile sports), canoeing (slalom and sprint), badminton, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair racing, swimming, modern pentathlon, shooting, archery, hockey, diving and equestrian.
Many of the projects involve a collaborative effort with UK universities such as the Universities of Loughborough and Southampton who worked with BAE Systems to redesign a new Skeleton Bobsleigh, which saw Amy Williams go on to win Gold in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
As well as working to make a difference to Britain’s sporting success the partnership showcases the value of engineering and its range of applications. As technology plays an increasing role in helping professional athletes the world over the partnership hopes to excite and educate young people about the range of career opportunities from studying science, technology, engineering and maths at school.