Deloitte are long-standing supporters of disability sport. Since 2007, through our partnership with the British Paralympic Association (BPA), we have helped prepare hundreds of athletes for four Paralympic Games, each one inspiring young disabled people to find a sport that suits them through our Deloitte Parasport portal.
As we approach the 6 month countdown to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, we are delighted to welcome ten of the Rio-bound GB Para-rowing squad to our London offices in New Street Square. These athletes are not here to row however, but to coach the 5 Deloitte teams entering the annual service-line ‘Row-Off’ – a 20km relay race that will test the endurance of our people on an ‘ergo’ rowing machine, which last year raised almost £30k.
As ever, the generosity of our people, our clients and the public in supporting this event will help those GB Para-rowers on their way to Rio, help support developing athletes who require extra financial support and, ultimately, inspire young disabled people who watch the Games to be more active.
Tom Aggar, AS Paralympic Champion in Beijing 2008, explains how important private funding is to the team and to the future of the sport in helping them excel on the global stage.
“It’s the time of year when, for a rare day, we rowers get to stand on the side-lines and spectate, whilst providing encouragement to what has become in recent years an annual sporting spectacle in the heart of London’s financial district. Deloitte has supported Paralympic sport at many levels, and this involvement has extended to an annual inter-department rowing race, directly outside the New Street Square office, in support of the GB Rowing Team's Para rowers as we head towards Rio this summer. Clearly there aren't any suitable stretches of water suitable for an actual on-water rowing race, however a number rowing ergometers will be linked-up and teams pushed to their limits in a marathon relay race.
Since Para-rowing first featured at Beijing 2008, the GB Rowing Team Paralympic squad has established itself as a strong nation on the international stage. Whilst a lot of this is due to the hard work and determination of the athletes, the truth is, it wouldn't be possible without the support, logistics, coaching and everything that goes into producing medal winning performances at a Paralympic games. I count myself very privileged to be part of such a setup and feel fully supported as an athlete, and as a result have confidence that I know I am able to get the most out of myself and my training day-to-day. For me, there are 6 months of training and 2 international races to help me prepare for Rio 2016. Deloitte's support makes a huge difference when it comes to ensuring the current team are ‘Rio ready’ but also for those athletes that no one knows about yet, training behind the scenes with aspirations of success at Tokyo 2020 and beyond.”
Visit New Street Square, London at 12.00 on 10 March to cheer on our rowers | To support GB Para-rowing on their way to Rio and beyond, please donate here