Volvo Car UK Ltd has today announced at the Schroders London Boat Show that they will sponsor the 49er World Champions, Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS.
Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS will start the Olympics year as favourites to take gold in Athens after an incredibly consistent years sailing in 2003. They are number one in the world rankings and are the current World Champions in the high performance 49er Olympic dinghy. Simon HISCOCKS also won an Olympics Silver medal in Sydney sailing the 49er dinghy with Ian Barker.
"Volvo's support for our campaign means we can now just get on with the training and competition, without worrying so much about funds,"
said Chris. "Along with the support we receive from the National Lottery through the RYA, the sponsorship from Volvo means we are much better placed in the build up to the Athens Games."
Chris and Simon will become members of Volvo's sponsorship initiative, 'Team Volvo for life' - consisting of some of Britain's top sailors from Olympic sailing to the Volvo Ocean Race. Team members include Olympic Gold Medallists, Ben AINSLIE, Shirley ROBERTSON and Iain PERCY, Athens 2004 medal hopeful, Paul GOODISON and Volvo Ocean Race skippers, Neal and Lisa McDonald.
"Volvo's aim is to help Chris and Simon achieve the ultimate sailing accolade and we are excited to support them in their campaign for a gold medal at Athens 2004,"
said Sarah Rees, Sports Marketing and Sponsorship Manager at Volvo Car UK. "Chris and Simon's performance, determination to succeed and passion for his sport are values we endeavour to employ at Volvo. We also hope that Chris and Simon will along with the other members of 'Team Volvo for life' inspire the next generation of sailors to follow in their footsteps with the same passion and desire to succeed."
As 'Team Volvo for life' members, Chris and Simon will also work with the next generation of British sailors, supporting the Volvo RYA Keelboat Sailing Programme, the Volvo Musto Optimist Championships and the Volvo RYA Champion Club Scheme, a programme that rewards clubs who develop and encourage youth membership and youth race training.
"We are pleased that Volvo continue to support our elite sailors and alongside the National Lottery administered by UK Sport, are helping our top sailors realise their potential,"
said Stephen PARK, RYA Olympic Manager. "It is important that our elite sailors inspire the next generation of British sailors and ensure British sailings success in the future."
Further details are available on the RYA Website.