Tai Woffinden named Great Britain speedway captain

Last Updated: 30/01/14 8:37am

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Tai Woffinden: New Great Britain captain

Tai Woffinden: New Great Britain captain

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World champion Tai Woffinden has been handed the Great Britain captaincy by new manager Alun Rossiter.

Wolverhampton rider Woffinden takes over from Chris Harris after becoming the nation's first world champion since Mark Loram in 2000.

The 23-year-old, who is preparing for a sixth successive season with the Wolves, will now lead his country into action in this summer's World Cup campaign which starts at King's Lynn on July 26.

Woffinden said: "This is another very proud moment for me and a great way to start 2014.

"I was born in Scunthorpe, my family are all British and when I came back to the UK after spending my childhood in Australia I was keen to represent my country.

"I feel very proud and passionate and I know what it has meant to British Speedway to have a British world champion.

"Now I hope I can play my part in helping us as a nation have a much improved World Cup and help some of the younger riders come through and realise their potential.

"When my mum and dad brought us back to England to give me a chance as a professional speedway rider, who would have thought I would become world champion and GB skipper within a few months of each other. It's a great feeling!"

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