Paralympian Danny Crates joins Deloitte Ride Across Britain
Paralympian Danny Crates has announced that he will participate in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain 2011, a nine-day, 1,000 mile bike ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End which is helping to raise important funds for ParalympicsGB.

Fuente:    Fecha:  16.12.2010


Paralympian Danny Crates joins Deloitte Ride Across Britain

Crates is a former Paralympic 800m world record holder and competed in three Paralympic Games, winning the 800m gold medal in 2004 in Athens and the 400m bronze in Sydney in 2000.

“I am really pleased to be taking part in the Ride next year,” said Crates. “I trained a lot on my bike when I was injured during my career as an athlete, so I have cycled before, but nothing on the scale of Deloitte Ride Across Britain!”

“The event is very exciting, not only because it’s a big challenge which I am looking forward to tackling, but also because it provides a fantastic opportunity for people across the country to support ParalympicsGB.”

The inaugural ride was held earlier this year and raised over £370,000 for ParalympicsGB. It will take place each year until 2013, aiming to raise £1 million in total over four years.

Crates, who was flagbearer for the British team at the Beijing Paralympic Games, has now retired from Paralympic sport. He now works as a motivational speaker and as a journalist for the BBC.

With a home Games, ParalympicsGB has a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire more people to get into sport and change perceptions towards disability. The money raised for ParalympicsGB through Deloitte Ride Across Britain will make an enormous difference to the preparations ParalympicsGB can offer the British team ahead of London 2012. This support will go a long way to ensure that everything possible is done to help the athletes achieve their lifetime’s best performances in London and make the nation proud.

Deloitte is a long-standing supporter of disability sport and ParalympicsGB - the charity that aims to send the best prepared GB team to each Paralympic Games. Whilst ParalympicsGB has been successful at previous Games, London 2012 represents a new and different challenge. London 2012 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the face of disability sport in this country and, through great British performances, forever change perceptions of people with a disability.

Over 100 Deloitte partners, people and clients will join Danny on the Ride, including Heather Hancock, Lead 2012 Partner at Deloitte. Hancock said: “I am really looking forward to taking part in this event next year. I have a lot of hard work ahead of me to prepare for the Ride but I know that the efforts of the riders and their sponsors can really make a difference. The money raised will help ensure ParalympicsGB has the best prepared team for London 2012, producing performances that will inspire other people to get involved and become more active, delivering a lasting legacy for disability sport in this country.”