Somehow another four years have flown by, and it’s already time for the next Olympics, all the way from the dynamic city of Rio de Janeiro. We can’t wait to cheer on our champions once more and to watch the culmination of Team GB’s hard work on the biggest sporting stage in the world.
There are still a few months until the Olympics, though – which means one last chance to see your Team GB heroes compete on British soil as they begin their final preparations for Rio 2016!
Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds
Get yourself up to Leeds this June to watch UK favourites Ali and Jonny Brownlee compete in their last event on home soil before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in this ITU World Triathlon Series race. Following in the footsteps of the unforgettable 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ across Yorkshire, this event will be contested over the Olympic distance with a more technical, city centre-based bike course. The elite races are guaranteed to deliver a thrilling showcase of endurance and strategy, so get yourself along to watch and pick up some tips from the pro riders as they race around this course.
Event date: 11th- 12th June
Where to book: leeds.triathlon.org
Cost: FREE to view around the course.
European Aquatics Championships 2016
Europe’s most exciting aquatics event will take place in the iconic London Aquatics Centre. The continent’s best swimmers, divers and synchronised swimmers will battle for champion status at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park less than three months before the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
With over 900 elite European athletes set to compete, this promises to be an exciting event on a size and scale only bettered by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games themselves. Not held in the UK for 23 years – and London for 78 – this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see talented GB athletes including Olympic bronze medallist diver Tom Daley and three-time world champion swimmer Adam Peaty.
Event date: 9th- 22nd May
Where: Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Where to book: www.euroaquatics2016.london
Cost: Tickets start at: £20 for swimming, £10 for synchronised swimming, £15 for diving, £20 for the four unique combined synchronised swimming and diving sessions.
Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships
Badminton is a fast and furious sport if ever we’ve seen one. It becomes even more exciting when Chris and Gabby Adcock play: they made history in December by becoming the first British players to win a title at the Badminton World Series Finals. Watch them and the world’s best, including world number one singles player Chen Long, battle it out for Olympic qualification points at the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships. Played annually, this tournament is the game’s oldest and most prestigious, one of the five ‘majors’ in the sport.
Event date: 8th-13th March
Where: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Where to book: www.allenglandbadminton.com
Cost: Daily admission tickets start at £16.50 for adults and £5 for children (less if you’re a student or over 65).