Craig Hunter named as GB's 2012 Paralympic chef de mission

Craig Hunter
Hunter has been involved in elite sports administration for many years

Craig Hunter has been named as the Chef de Mission for the British team at next year's London Paralympics.

Hunter has been involved in high-performance sport for 13 years and was chef de mission for the England team at last year's Delhi Commonwealth Games.

He is the first major appointment by new British Paralympic Association chief executive Tim Hollingsworth.

Hunter said: "I'm proud to take on this role. It's a great opportunity to work with an outstanding team."

He added: "Whilst everything that we do will be focused on winning medals, I'm also hugely excited that the team's performance can go beyond that and inspire many young people to get involved in sport and help shift attitudes towards disability."

Hollingsworth added: "In Craig we have a hugely experienced, inspirational chef de mission whose operational knowledge, eye for detail and leadership qualities will ensure that everything is done to support lifetime best performances by British athletes.

"I firmly believe that this is the right appointment at this time. Craig will lead our team preparations while, as CEO, I will be better placed to ensure we maximise the opportunities provided by a home Games and to develop the organisation's wider long-term interests, setting us up for Sochi, Rio and beyond."