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GB Olympic table tennis squad returns to Sheffield for final training session

The Great Britain table tennis squad for the Rio Olympics has come together for a final practice session at their former base in Sheffield.

The English Institute of Sport in the Don Valley was HQ of British table tennis leading up to London 2012, but moved south when the sport lost lottery funding after the games.

Picked for Rio are Liam Pitchford from Chesterfield, Paul Drinkhall from Loftus near Redcar, and Sam Walker from Worksop.

They are coached by the former British number one Alan Cooke, a two-time Olympian, who's also from Chesterfield. John Shires has been talking to them.


West Yorkshire show jumping brothers picked for Olympics

John Whittaker (pictured) and his brother Michael are going to Rio Credit: PA

Two of the famous West Yorkshire Whitaker showjumping family have been picked for the Rio Olympics.

60-year old-John, who lives on the family farm at Upper Cumberworth south of Huddersfield, will be competing at his 6th Olympics.

His younger brother Michael, who now lives in Nottinghamshire, is going to his fifth games.

Both won team silver medals way back in 1984 at Los Angeles.

Three West Yorkshire boxers named in Rio squad

Three boxers from our region have been confirmed in the Great Britain team for this summer's Olympics.

Nicola Adams will defend the title she won in London four years ago Credit: Press Association

Nicola Adams from Leeds will defend the title she won in London four years ago and she will be joined on the plane to Rio by fellow Leeds fighter Qais Ashfaq and Muhammad Ali from Keighley.

GB divers excited by the prospect of Rio

There's a distinct Yorkshire flavour to the Great Britain diving team selected today for the Rio Olympics.

Four of the squad are Yorkshire-born - Jack Laugher from Ripon, Wakefield's Alicia Blagg, Freddie Woodward from Sheffield, and Huddersfield-born Lois Toulson, who at 16 years old, is the baby of the team. Two more - Chris Mears and Rebecca Gallantree - are permanently based in Leeds.

Blagg and Gallantree are partners in the 3m synchro.

Freddie Woodward will compete in the 3m springboard. He admits he's surprised to have made the squad.


Olympic diving team "Made in Yorkshire"

Members of the Great Britain Olympic diving team (left to right) Freddie Woodward, Jack Laugher, Chris Mears, Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Great Britain diving team for the Rio Olympics has a distinct Yorkshire flavour, with four of the 11-strong squad born in the county, and two more permanently based in Leeds.

Ripon-born Jack Laugher is a genuine medal prospect in the 3m springboard individual event, and in the synchro with housemate Chris Mears, who hails from Reading but now trains in Leeds.

Laugher is one of six returning Olympians in the squad. Others include Leeds-based Rebecca Gallantree, for whom this will be a third Games, and her 3m synchro partner Alicia Blagg from Wakefield.

Freddie Woodward (3m springboard, Sheffield) and the baby of the team, 16 year old Lois Toulson (10m synchro, Huddersfield), will be competing in their first Olympics.

Meanwhile another Yorkshireman, Yona Knight-Wisdom - a member of the same training squad at the John Charles Centre in Leeds - has been picked to represent Jamaica in Rio.

Five Leeds athletes picked for Great Britain's Olympic triathlon team

Five of the six athletes picked for the Great Britain triathlon team for the Rio Olympics later this year are based in Leeds.

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Alastair and Jonny Brownlee - the gold and bronze medallists from London 2012 - are joined in the men's squad by 22 year old fellow West Yorkshireman Gordon Benson.

And included in the women's team are housemates Vicky Holland and Non Stanford, who also train in the city.

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