After four years being in charge of selection and with the Great Britain side now crowned World Champions, a victory which capped one of our finest years on the world stage, Dan Busby has decided to retire* from the TeamGB Selection committee. Dan has issued the below statement, but the UK Racketlon Board would also like to put on record it's heartfelt thanks to Dan for all he has done in this role these past 4 years. He has shown tremendous dedication to what is not a trivial task, balancing selection rules, FIR event criteria and a host of other issues to produce squads of players who are there to compete at the very highest level. A massive thank you to Dan for all this effort.
Dan (right) lifts the World Cup with team mate Duncan Stahl (Photo by Joel Durston)
"Dear UK Racketlon players,
It has been a great honour to be the GB team captain for the last 4 years. During this time, I have witnessed many GB team gold medals across the various open and age categories, as well as many more podium finishes. But more recently, the proudest moment for me came at the 2019 world championships in Leipzig when the GB Elite team finally put their name on that World Cup trophy. I always knew that it was going to happen at some point soon, but wasn’t sure whether I’d still be involved either as a player or captain. I am well aware that the strength of our juniors will soon push me out of that squad and set even higher standards across the 4 sports.
The win in Leipzig was incredible, but I’ve decided that this is the right time for me to resign as GB team captain, and pass on the reigns to someone else to continue the good work that the team have done over the past few years. I have loved working with the many talented players we have in this country; will still very much be involved in the development of Racketlon in the UK and further afield, and hope to compete at major team competitions for a few more years yet (subject to selection of course!)
All good things must come to an end, but I hand this over knowing...that the future is very bright.
*And he really means he is retiring this time!