Tai Woffinden named Great Britain speedway captain
World champion Tai Woffinden has been handed the Great Britain captaincy by new manager Alun Rossiter.
Last Updated: 30/01/14 8:37am
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!"