The British Olympic Association (BOA) and British Paralympic Association (BPA) announced today that tickets are now on sale for a very special, signature event to celebrate and support the forming of Team GB and ParalympicsGB ahead of the London 2012 Games.
‘Our Greatest Team Rises’ presented by BA, BT and Cadbury will take place in the stunning surrounds of the Royal Albert Hall in London on Friday 11th May 2012, the day after the London 2012 Olympic Flame is lit in Olympia, Greece.
By this exciting stage in the journey towards the London 2012 Games, approximately 180 athletes will have been officially selected for Team GB and ParalympicsGB. With many other athletes in the final stages of qualifying, Our Greatest Team is rising.
Together, Team GB and ParalympicsGB at London 2012 are Our Greatest Team. There is no other sporting competition in which Great Britain and Northern Ireland fields such a large, diverse and talented team to represent our nation with pride and excellence. With the vital support of the whole of the UK behind them, Our Greatest Team will be 900 athletes, 60 million strong.
Team GB Chef de Mission and BOA CEO Andy Hunt said:
“‘Our Greatest Team Rises’ is a unique opportunity for individuals to show their support for British athletes in the thrilling final countdown to selection for our Home Games. All funds raised on the evening will support British athletes in their quest to win more medals, from more sports, than has been accomplished in over 100 years.”
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association said:
“We want the whole nation to get behind Our Greatest Team and this event will be a fantastic curtain raiser to a wonderful summer of sport.”
The evening will commence with a black-tie dinner featuring a menu designed by Michelin-starred chef, Simon Hulstone, winner of the BA Great Britons Food award, who is being mentored by Heston Blumenthal. Guests at the event will then enjoy a spectacular line up of the very best of British music, performance and comedy in one of Britain’s most iconic venues.
Guests at the event will then enjoy a spectacular line up of the very best of British music and entertainment in one of the UK’s most iconic venues.
All athletes selected to Team GB and ParalympicsGB will be invited to attend and they will be joined by some of Britain’s most distinguished and celebrated Olympians and Paralympians of all time, including Team GB 2012
Ambassadors and Olympic Champions Steve Redgrave, Kelly Holmes, Amy Williams, Jonathan Edwards, Denise Lewis, James DeGale, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. British stars from the world of sport, fashion and entertainment will also be gracing the red carpet.