Paralympic athlete launches fundraising mission for Deloitte
Ride has raised over £750,000 over the past two years for British Paralympic Association

Fuente:   Fecha: 24.2.2012

Paralympic athlete launches fundraising mission for Deloitte

LONDON -- Nathan Stephens, a Paralympic athlete and London 2012 medal hopeful, is launching the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (Deloitte RAB) fundraising for 2012. The event is an annual nine-day, 960 mile bike ride between Land’s End and John O’Groats, which is on target to raise £1million for the British Paralympic Association (BPA) by 2013.

The third Deloitte Ride Across Britain, taking place this September, will for the first time start in Land’s End and head north to John O’Groats. Money raised from the Ride goes towards sending the best prepared team possible to the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and to future Games. The funding is used in a variety of different ways by the BPA to support ParalympicsGB in the lead up to and during the Games, from providing the optimal preparation environment to ensuring vital medical support is in place for the athletes.

Nathan Stephens, a Paralympic javelin thrower, world champion in his classification and a hopeful for gold in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, said: “I was delighted when Deloitte asked me to attend their Deloitte Ride Across Britain fundraising launch. In Beijing I experienced firsthand the support that ParalympicsGB provide to athletes, and without them we wouldn’t be able to focus solely on our competitions and put in our best performances when it matters most. The support of the fundraising through Deloitte Ride Across Britain means ParalympicsGB are able to provide the best possible preparations for the biggest competition in a Paralympian’s career, which going into a home Games is a huge reassurance.

“Some of the British Para-Cycling team, including Paralympic champion Sarah Storey, have even used Deloitte Ride Across Britain to train for the 2012 Games. The money raised will make a huge difference to the whole of ParalympicsGB and hopefully stand us all in good stead to achieve a fantastic all-round team performance. If we can do that, we know the nation will view Paralympic sport differently and hopefully we will have created a huge following for the Paralympic stars of the future.”

Some 700 riders take part in Deloitte Ride Across Britain every year, including over 100 riders from Deloitte including members of the firm’s leadership team.

Commenting on the launch, David Sproul, senior partner and CEO of Deloitte, said: “We want to offer thanks to Nathan for taking time out of his busy training schedule to come and help us launch the 2012 Deloitte Ride Across Britain. We have been supporters of the BPA for many years now, and our target of raising £1m is well within our sight. It is a significant amount of money to raise for disabled athletes competing at the very highest level. With a home Games, ParalympicsGB has a once in a lifetime opportunity to change perceptions towards disability, inspire more people to get into sport, and deliver a lasting legacy for disability sport in this country.”

Deloitte, through its Disability Sport programme, supports all levels of sport for disabled people, from grassroots level with Deloitte Parasport to the development of talented disabled athletes with Deloitte Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (Deloitte TASS). With its support now extending to the elite end of the spectrum with Deloitte Ride Across Britain, Deloitte hopes it support for disabled athletes will not only be beneficial to those competing in the 2012 Games, but will also benefit new and upcoming athletes that already have their sights set on Sochi and Rio.

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the BPA, said: “The support that Deloitte Ride Across Britain has given us over the past two years has been incredible, and is helping us to ensure we are providing British athletes with the best possible preparations ahead of the home Games. Importantly, the momentum that London creates means the start of a new era for the BPA and for Paralympic sport in the UK, and the funds being raised this year will help to ensure that the athletes going to Sochi, Rio and beyond receive the same level of support. Thank you to all the riders who are getting behind the BPA and ParalympicsGB this year; you are truly part of our team.”