The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Gala Dinner
and Auction for Medals
with Guest of Honour
HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO
In association with British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association
Supported by Bacchus, Boisdale & No.3 Gin
With entertainment from renowned comic Rory Bremner
ALL PROCEEDS TO HELP FUND BRITISH BOBSLEIGH & SKELETON ATHLETES
*All reception drinks, wine & dinner with wine included in ticket price
*Please ignore the timings you are presented with when purchasing a ticket, as you will be seated at 8pm. Tables are available from 10 to 20 guests. Single tickets and smaller groups will be combined onto tables of 12 to 16
6.30PM FIRST FLOOR & GARDEN TERRACE:
Reception with Boisdale Premier Cru Champagne & No. 3 London Dry Gin Martinis & cocktails
8.00PM THE RESTAURANT:
Sumptuous three-course victorious dinner & delicious winning wines
Entertainment: The Boisdale Blue Rhythm Band
Bowmore whisky cured Dunkeld smoked salmon with English asparagus,
fennel, pink grapefruit & brown crab mayonnaise
The Botham All-Rounder Chardonnay 2018, South Eastern Australia
Finest 28 day dry aged Buccleuch Estates fillet of beef, braised oxtail pithivier,
spring greens, smoked Jersey Royal purée
The Botham All-Rounder Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, South Eastern Australia
Selection of British farmhouse cheese
Doyenne du Comice pears, Boisdale chutney, oat cakes
Coffee & petit fours
9.30PM: THE AUCTION FOR MEDALS
Conducted by Nicholas Bonham
10.30PM-1AM FIRST FLOOR & GARDEN TERRACE:
DJ Bruno playing the greatest British hits of all time including:
Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Rod Stewart & more (cash bar)
The British are credited to be the founders of competitive bobsleigh, which became an Olympic sport in 1924, and also had an important part to play in developing the sport of skeleton, which evolved from the famous Cresta Run, and became an Olympic sport in 2002.
Since then we have regularly shone on the world stage and we are, with your help, determined to continue to do so!
We currently have 10 living bobsleigh and seven skeleton Olympic medal holders, including the incredible Lizzy Yarnold, who won back-to-back gold medals for British Skeleton, and a number of these will be present at the Gala Dinner. Fresh from their official upgrade to Olympic bronze from Sochi 2014 last month, John Jackson’s 4-man bobsleigh crew will be present on the night to receive long overdue recognition for their wonderful achievement.
Both sports are expensive to sustain and require generous awards, grants and donations from government, sponsors and friends of the sports. The purpose of the Gala Dinner, very generously supported by our Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO, is to fill the void that exists in the level of funding required, in particular to support programmes that need a financial ‘leg’ up, including the youth and para teams.
Sufficient additional funding will therefore facilitate the hopes of these boys and girls and men and women to optimise their obvious talent. They all share the hunger to follow our inspirational Olympic medalists and your support can put them on the path to do just that.
Your presence and generous support will be more than appreciated by all those whom you help convert their commitment and dedication into medal winning reality. We encourage your contribution to our fundraising to be in the Olympic spirit of: Citius - Altius - Fortius!
Youth and Para programmes: did you know?
We are now in a new Olympiad after the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and the Youth Olympics will be the highlight of the 2019/20 season.
The Youth Olympic Winter Games take place in Switzerland in February 2020 and young British athletes will be looking to continue our proud record of success on the big stage.
Our Youth Bobsleigh athletes were ranked No1, 2 and 3 in the girls’ field and No1, 3 and 4 in the boys’ in the last cycle, with Kelsea Purchall going on to win Youth Olympic bronze in Lillehammer three years ago. We enjoyed similar success in skeleton, with Ashleigh Pittaway winning gold for Great Britain at just 15 years of age. Our Skeleton talent identification campaign has a history of securing success at senior level, with the likes of Yarnold and Laura Deas winning Olympic medals via this particular pathway.
Para Bobsleigh is growing in popularity and, again, a British athlete is at the forefront of this exciting sport. Corie Mapp, a former British Army Lance Corporal who lost both legs when his military vehicle ran over an explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010, won World Championship silver in America in late March and was the overall World Cup winner the previous season.
We aim to encourage more para athletes to follow Corie’s path but funding is crucial when it comes to providing these opportunities.