By James Crook

163511130March 24 - Outgoing UK Sport chair Baroness Sue Campbell has told insidethegames that she believes the organisation is well-place to "go from strength to strength" following her departure later this month.

Campbell will step down after a decade in the role having reached the maximum term in line with requirements set for public appointments.

"When I went there ten years ago I think it was a good organisation," she told insidethegames

"We were tenth in the medals table for the Olympics [at Sydney 2000] and second in the Paralympics so it wasn't a bad organisation when I got there.

"But I think what I've done, working obviously with my colleagues, is move it from a good organisation to a really great organisation in terms of the results we produced in London and everything else we're doing in there.

"I feel I'm leaving it in good shape, we've secured money, no merger [proposed with Sport England], and there's a strong senior team and a good board, and I feel that you wouldn't have said that ten years ago."

In terms of her achievements as chair of UK Sport, Campbell is revered for her role in superb showings from Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic teams at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012, and was voted "Most Inspiring Innovation Leader" by NEF: The Innovation Institute in December last year.

With a record total of over £350 million ($530 million/€410 million) invested in sports for the Rio 2016 cycle, Campbell believes that UK Sport is well-placed to deliver an even better performance from Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic teams at Rio 2016.

Christ the Reedeemer Rio de JaneiroSue Campbell has promised UK Sport will not rest on their laurels heading into Rio 2016

"There's no complacency in terms of where we are," she continued

"We've invested the most we've ever invested for the next Olympic and Paralympic cycle for Rio, our ambition is to be the first home nation that does better in the Games after the home Games, because no other host nation has managed that.

"We're investing extra money in coaching, in research, innovation and talent- as we think those are the big gain areas- and enormously more money in Paralympic sport."

UK Sport set their aims at between 48 and 70 medals for last summer's Olympics, and British athletes produced their best showing at a Games since 1908 to deliver 65 medals, including 29 gold, at London 2012, finishing third in the overall medals table behind China and the United States.

But Campbell remains realistic of Britain's chances of breaking the monopoly at the top of the medal table. 

"Whether you can ever compete with the volume of a China or an America I don't know, but as long as we keep doing better, who knows," she said.

"But I think you'll see it go from strength to strength, I have no reason to believe it won't carry on growing."

The British Government are currently in the process of lining up successors for both Campbell and England Sport chair Richard Lewis, who is also set to step down this month, with legendary British Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson n the running for the roles.

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