Sir Steve Redgrave, Great Britain’s greatest Olympic Champion will visit the United Arab Emirates on 7 and 8 March 2011 to highlight ‘500 Days to Go’ on the journey to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.
Visiting in his capacity as a ‘See Britain Ambassador’ ahead of London 2012, Sir Steve Redgrave will meet a host of sporting bodies in the UAE including the National Olympic Committee and the Sports Council Board as well as members from the Tourism and Investment sectors.
UK Ambassador to the UAE Dominic Jermey said:
“It will be an honour to have Britain’s most celebrated Olympian here in the UAE to promote London 2012. In around 500 days all the world’s eyes will be on London and all competing nations will be in search of their own champions for the future”
In a show where the modern will meet the traditional, Sir Steve will venture on the waters at Dubai International Marine Club on a traditional wooden dhow alongside the celebrated Dubai Victory Team which has become one of the most successful powerboat racing teams in history.
“We are looking forward to welcoming Sir Steve Redgrave to Dubai International Marine Club,’ said Saeed Hareb, Managing Director of DIMC. ‘Our water sports development in the UAE has focused as much on the traditional as it has on the modern and we will share this aspect with Sir Steve on his visit.’
In Abu Dhabi Sir Steve will set sail with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Team which will compete in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. Amongst others Sir Steve will meet Volvo Ocean Race Team member and young Olympian Adil Khalid who carried the Emirati flag to the Beijing Games in 2008.
Sir Steve Redgrave will visit school children in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi to offer his personal experience of representing his country and winning gold at five consecutive Olympic Games between 1984 and 2000.