Olympian Jo Muir backs Red Cross fundraiser

Olympian Jo Muir is encouraging people to take on a fundraising challenge for the British Red Cross.

The Haugh of Urr modern pentathlete is part of the Team GB squad for the games, which officially got under way in Tokyo on Friday.

And she is backing the Red Cross’ Game On scheme, with people encouraged to set themselves a challenge – from sprinting lengths of the local park to completing a one-minute plank for every medal won – before the games finish on August 8.

Jo, who is making her Olympic debut, said: “The Olympics is so inspiring, so just do whatever you can to join the challenge and raise money for the Red Cross. It will be so good to get out there and get active and just challenge yourself to whatever you fancy.

“My parents and my friends have really helped me. Especially my parents and in particular my mum – she did so much for me when I was younger like driving me all over the country to different competitions and different training camps.

“Without the help and support from her and my dad I really wouldn’t be here today. It will be really special to know that they’re watching.”

The British Red Cross is Team GB’s first ever charity partner and the money raised will go towards Red Cross community services.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Red Cross volunteers have provided a range of services from support at vaccination centres to delivering food and medicines to people’s homes.

British Red Cross chief executive, Mike Adamson, said: “With family and friends unable to travel with them to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the restriction on spectators, it’s more important than ever that we as a nation get behind Team GB athletes from home soil.

“It’s amazing to see so much enthusiasm for Game On from both Team GB athletes and the public. People have already come up with some extraordinarily fun and creative challenges – from learning to do a back flip to baking gold medal cupcakes to give out to people on their street.

“It’s going to be a very exciting 17 days, cheering on Team GB and showing our support from the sidelines by taking part in Game On.”

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