Olympic Gold Medallists at the Ecover Blue
12 September 2012
Andrew Triggs-Hodge MBE, double gold medallist as part of the coxless fours rowing team, joined Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott, gold medallists in the Canoe Slalom C2 and Ruta Meilutyte, gold medallist in the 100m breaststroke, at the Ecover Blue Mile flagship event in Plymouth today.
The Ecover Blue Mile challenge is asking people across the nation to complete a mile on, or near, water anytime this summer. All the funds raised from this fantastic event will go to WWF’s work safeguarding our marine and freshwater habitats in the UK, and around the world. The athletes hoped their presence would raise awareness about the need to protect the world’s precious water resources.
Andy said, “I’m very excited to be paddling out at the Ecover Blue Mile this afternoon. There’s a great atmosphere here at the Mayflower Steps, with lots of people supporting participants from the side-lines. This fantastic event is raising awareness about the need to protect our precious water resources, and raising vital funds for WWF’s work safeguarding our marine and freshwater habitats in the UK and around the world.”
Etienne said, “We’ve had a great day in the sunshine and looking forward to doing our blue mile in kayaks and stand-up paddles later today! WWF’s doing great work protecting our water resources.”
Tim said, “I’m really happy to be here in sunny Plymouth for the Ecover Blue Mile. It’s a really fun event for a good cause. I’m excited to try stand-up paddling later, and then race in a Fatyak kayak!”
In total around 250 people are taking part in the Ecover Blue Mile flagship event to swim, kayak or stand-up paddle a mile – with hundreds more supporting from the side lines at Plymouth waterfront and enjoying the food and entertainment on offer in the Event Village throughout theday. Among them was the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, who officially launched the Marine City Festival and procession at 1pm, including a lively Samba band, who gave the event a buoyant carnival atmosphere.
It’s not too late to join in with this year’s Ecover Blue Mile event, so why not complete your own blue mile? It’s easy to take part – simply walk, run, swim, kayak or row a mile for WWF! For more information and to register visit thebluemile.org
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For further information about the Ecover Blue Mile visit thebluemile.org, or contact: Teresa Page | Sports Environment | 01752 600 111 | firstname.lastname@example.org For further information about WWF contact: Leah Worrall | WWF Communications | +44 (0) 1483 412 325 | Comtemp3@wwf.org.uk
The Ecover Blue Mile is an exciting event aiming to raise vital funds for WWF’s work to protect the world’s marine and freshwater environments. Along with the flagship event in Plymouth, we are asking the British public to cover one mile, either in or next to water, by organising their own Ecover Blue Mile challenge. Last year over 2,000 people took part. Ecover is the official sponsor of the Ecover Blue Mile. Ecover has worked with WWF since 2007 to help raise awareness of the natural environment. With a solid environmental programme and global projects specifically aimed at water conservation, Ecover is committed to making sure its products have a minimum impact on our marine and freshwater environments. WWF-UK is the official charity partner of the Ecover Blue Mile.
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