Gatwick sponsors new ‘Superhero Series’ as the UK’s only disability sport event
· Airport’s staff to participate in triathlon event teams alongside Paralympians
· Celebrity captains including Adam Hills, Hannah Cockcroft and Jonnie Peacock
Gatwick Airport is sponsoring the new ‘Superhero Series’ the UK’s only disability sport event for the everyday ‘Superhero’, their friends and family.
To be filmed by Channel 4, the first event in the series is a triathlon, taking place at Dorney Lake, Windsor on August 19 and will see teams of celebrities participate alongside nearly 2,000 members of the public.
The teams have been formed through a number of different channels including competition winners from the public who will race against each other in the different disciplines. One person in each team must consider themselves to have a disability in order to qualify for the event.
The celebrity team captains range from Paralympians to TV personalities, including: Adam Hills, Hannah Cockcroft, Jonnie Peacock, David Weir, Megan Giglia, Sophie Christiansen and many others.
Gatwick has entered a number of teams, one of which will be captained by Paralympic gold medallist and professional wheelchair tennis player, Gordon Reid. Gordon will take on the push/run stage of the triathlon (1k) and will be joined by Gatwick’s Chief Planning Officer, Tim Norwood (bike 3km) and Abbie Breakwell (an everyday superhero) who will take on the swim (150m).
Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement Manager, Melanie Wrightson, said:
“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Superhero Series and are especially looking forward to participating in the triathlon alongside so many world-renowned athletes. Gatwick has always been an advocate of accessibility at the airport for people of all abilities and welcomes events like this which raise the profile of disability inclusion.
“Gatwick is proud of the continuing support that it provides to projects, events, and causes in local communities throughout the South through sponsorship every year.”
Superhero Series founder, Sophia Warner, said:
“I’m super proud to be working with an organisation so committed to championing the Everyday Superhero. Without the support of our fantastic Super Partners this series wouldn’t be possible.”
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AMAZING! Exclusive photos & interviews with Gatwick Diamond winners
An exclusive from CN24 shows photos of all the night’s winners as well as interviews as they collected their awards.
In an exclusive from CN24, we caught up with winners as they came off the stage to collect their awards.
The Business Award Winners are those businesses or people who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work, and have demonstrated a real commitment to this world-class region.
The Winners were unveiled at the 10th Anniversary of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards at the Effingham Park Hotel, on 15th March, 2018.
The Headline Sponsors are B&CE, the Peoples Pension; Extech.co.uk; Gatwick Airport Ltd and NatWest. The Evening started with a Pre-Dinner Reception, and the evening rounded off with the now highly anticipated After-Show Party.
The winners in each category were:
Green Business of the Year – sponsored by Crawley Borough Council
- Hilton London Gatwick Airport
Responsible Business of the Year – sponsored by University of Sussex School of Business, Management & Economics
- Cleankill Pest Control
International Business of the Year – sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative
- Acro Aircraft Seating
The Award for Customer Delight – sponsored by Thakeham Group
- Gatwick Recruitment and Training Ltd T/A Driver Hire Gatwick
Employer of the Year – sponsored by Search Consultancy
- Assurity Consulting
The Award for Developing People for Business Success – sponsored by Crawley College
- Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club
The Award for Supply Chain Excellence – sponsored by University of Brighton
- PVL UK Ltd
Manufacturing Business of the Year – sponsored by asblaw LLP
- PVL UK Ltd
Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
- Robert Wiles, Cloud9 Insight
New Business of the Year – sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres
- Growth by Design
Business Person of the Year – sponsored by KPMG
- Rob Pierre, Jellyfish Group Ltd
Business of the Year (Up to £1m Turnover) – sponsored by Platinum Publishing Group
- Juno Wealth Management Ltd
Business of the Year (Over £1m Turnover) – sponsored by NatWest
- MHA Carpenter Box
Business of the Decade – sponsored by NatWest
The Awards were presented by the award-winning comedy legend, star of stage and screen and more recently, a popular contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, Brian Conley at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards Dinner, on the 15th March, 2018.
From Gatwick Diamond we managed to catch up with Chairman Anya Ledwith:
We also spoke to the General manager of the Copthorne Hotel hosting the event Bharat Rai:
This year one of the headline sponsors was an SME, Extech. We spoke to their MD Andrew Hookway:
Another main sponsor was Gatwick Airport. We caught up with Alison Addy Head of Community Engagement:
Another major supporter of the awards is Richard Place Dobson, we spoke to Matthew Tyson:
We also managed to speak to Ana Christie, Chief Executive for the Sussex Chamber of Commerce.
A brief history of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards – 2009-17 https://t.co/HK27YHR9SN
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