It Starts on TikTok features Team GB and Paralympics GB athletes

Category: Social Media

Ever wondered how Olympians and Paralympians got their start? Search #gbathletes on TikTok! 🌟 ItStartsOnTikTok.

♬ original sound – TikTok UK

On TikTok, you’re only ever a swipe away from starting something new and so to celebrate during a memorable summer of sport, TikTok is today launching a new campaign in partnership with Team GB and Paralympics GB. It’s all a part of the platform’s It Starts on TikTok campaign. The new campaign harnesses the mindset of athletes when it comes to starting new endeavors and celebrates the new things that people start after discovering them on TikTok.

The star-studded marketing campaign features some of the UK’s most inspiring athletes, including Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Team GB Heptathlete; Lauren Steadman MBE, Paralympic Triathlete; Oliver Lam-Watson, Paralympic Fencer and Delicious Orie, Team GB Boxer. The campaign aims to showcase the incredible stories and journeys of these athletes and highlight how they use TikTok to inspire others.

Watch the campaign….

From 8th July, billboards of the Olympians and Paralympians’ stories will feature up and down the country. The campaign will also feature on TV, radio and socials.

Every day, people come to TikTok and get inspired to try new things. We’ve seen how this moment of inspiration can snowball into something bigger and can change people’s lives. As we look ahead to the Olympics and Paralympics, we wanted to celebrate the power of community, creativity and athletic excellence, and show how our athletes’ journeys can inspire people to start something new and embrace their passions

– Aoife Moran, Sports Marketing Lead EU, TikTok

Meet the stars of It Starts on TikTok campaign

Katarina Johnson Thompson @johnsonthompson

British Heptathlete, holding the record of 6981 points, Katarina holds 35 national titles and is a three-time Olympian. Thompson was nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year after an incredible comeback from an Achilles injury during Tokyo 2020. She is also a BookTok fan!

Oliver Lam Watson @oliverlamwatson

British Paralympian Oliver made his debut in Tokyo and took home bronze and silver medals in the competition. The wheelchair fencer was born with klippel-trenaunay syndrome, with his disability preventing him from straightening or weight-bearing on his legs. He loves finding new recipes on TikTok!

Lauren Steadman MBE @laurensteadman

Gold medallist at Tokyo 2020, Lauren is a Paralympic triathlete, who originally debuted as a swimmer before transitioning to a triathlete in 2011. Steadman became a household name from her appearance in Strictly Come Dancing in 2018 and her appointment for MBE in 2022.

Delicious Orie @deliciousboxing

British boxer Delicious stormed to success winning gold at the 2023 European Games, securing his ticket to Paris on the way. Orie is often compared to heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua given his Nigerian heritage and later entry to boxing, with Orie starting aged 18. He uses TikTok for finding motivational content.

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