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Olympic 2012 hopefuls

Why we’re getting behind Nick Woodbridge and London 2012.


We are delighted to announce that we are now supporting local pentathlete, Nick Woodbridge, as he attempts to qualify a place at the Olympic Games. 

Following the appointment of BMW Group as the Official Automotive Partner of the 2012 Games, BMW is now actively supporting British athletes, such as Ellie Simmonds and Louis Smith, via the BMW London 2012 Performance Team. Meanwhile, in line with the Performance Team initiative, BMW dealers like us will be working with local athletes, supporting their endeavours to qualify for Team GB or ParalympicsGB. 

Nick Woodbridge trains in Bath but started his sporting career in Wellington, Telford. Nick has been competing in the modern pentathlon since the age of 14 and, at just 25, has already represented Great Britain every year ever since 2000. In 2002 he competed across three age groups and came 6th in the European Championships. At 17, Nick moved to a Pentathlon Sports Academy in Durham where he continued to train for all the disciplines alongside his A-levels. In 2004, at 18, he had his biggest success, when he became the Youth World Champion in Albena, Bulgaria. The same year Nick moved to the National Training Centre in Bath to focus on Pentathlon. A year and a half later, in 2006, he won his first World Cup medal, bronze, in Acapulco. The following year he won yet another World Cup bronze in Poland. Now Nick has his sights firmly set on London 2012.

“I’d like to say a really big thank you to Rybrook Shrewsbury and BMW,” said Nick. “It’s great that they’re putting so much faith in me. The training regime for a London 2012 hopeful is relentless so it really helps to have people behind you. And I’ve always loved BMW cars and can’t believe I’ll be driving one myself from now until the end of the 2012 Games.”

Gareth Thomas, Dealer Principal at Rybrook Shrewsbury, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get really involved with the 2012 Games. Our staff and customers are keen to support London 2012 so we’re really happy to be backing Nick Woodbridge - especially since his pentathlon events are so varied and interesting to follow, and of course he is a local athlete.”

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