Why has Tai Woffinden left the captaincy ?
Tai a 26-year-old Scunthorpe-born rider was part of the British side that finished runners-up to Poland last month in the World Championships, but revealed that “ issues behind the scenes ” had contributed to his decision to step down as captain.
Woffinden, who grew up in Australia, has not ruled out a return to the team and insisted he will not be switching nationality in the future either.
“I wish Great Britain all the best for next year’s competition, but it’s time for me to take some time out.”
And the statement from from the chairmen of the BSPA
” I hear what Tai Woffinden is saying; we can play a role in helping Great Britain get to the top again and I’ll do everything within my power to put us in the best possible position of doing so ”
So what does ” behind the scenes ” and ” I hear what Tai is saying” really mean ?
Talking to Tai directly, he has challenged the BSPA to look at a number of areas surrounding the Team GB set up everything from dietary plans of riders thru to the reshaping of the organisational structure to ensure the future success of the team, but as yet has not received a comprehensive response back from the BPSA.
- Are we doing enough to support Team GB speedway in the UK and what is the 5 year plan for the BPSA?
- Is there currently enough structure in Team GB to deliver success on and off the track?
- Can we make the sport more attractive to the public and sponsors ?
The sport is covered by BTsport and the ‘Young Lions’ are getting more popular, but is it time for a revamp at the top of the sport to help the likes of Tai and the next generation of UK world champions?
NJF Commercial will be continuing to support and sponsor Tai, lets hope the public and the powers that be follow suit!