BAE lends engineering expertise to Team GB

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Engineers from BAE Systems are continuing to work with British athletes to give them a leading edge at the Winter Games in Sochi next year and the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

As part of a four-year, £800,000 project with UK Sport , BAE is working to apply its wind-tunnel technology and expertise to help improve the racing speed of the GB Bobsleigh Team. The company, which has access to the expertise of 18,000 engineers, has also begun investigating a simulator to enable GB Taekwondo athletes to develop new skills while significantly reducing the risk of injury through repetitive impact. Simon Howison, engineering projects director at BAE Systems, said: "This partnership will continue to help us demonstrate how engineering can be applied in many different areas and encourage more young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths. We're hugely proud to work with British athletes and help support incremental gains in performance that might make a real difference to the nation's sporting success." Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport, added: "Having access to BAE Systems' engineering capabilities has significantly increased our technical ability by helping our athletes and their coaches seek out those winning margins, both in training and in competition. "The incredible work to come out of the first phase of the partnership is just the beginning, and as we aim to win even more medals in Rio in 2016, we are delighted to be continuing to work closely with BAE Systems in helping our athletes to operate at the cutting edge of their sport."