Surrey Sports Park has unveiled details of the leading sportsmen and women who will be ambassadors for the superb new facility which will open this Spring. Alec Stewart, Gail Emms, Mark Foster, Allan Wells, Geva Mentor, Chad McKnight and Vicki Hansford will be used in a variety of roles to help promote the Surrey Sports Park and to help establish it as one of the leading recreational and sporting facilities in the country.
Alec Stewart is one of England’s most capped cricketers of all time and a sportsman who is inextricably linked with Surrey. He has a very strong association with Guildford having played regularly for Surrey there and he was also awarded an Honorary Degree by the University in 2005. Mark Foster is one of the UK’s top swimmers having competed for GB in no less than five Olympic Games. Gail Emms is Britain’s best known badminton player and with her doubles partner Nathan Robertson won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Talking about the new Surrey Sports Park on one of his recent visits, Alec Stewart said, “The Surrey Sports Park will provide exactly the quality of sports facility that the county desperately needs. It will without question make Surrey one of the key sporting centres in the country at what is one of the most important times for sport in the UK.” Mark Foster on seeing the magnificent 50 metre swimming pool and aquatic facilities under construction last month described it as “among the best in the world”.
Gail Emms was extremely excited about the contribution that the new badminton centre at the Surrey Sports Park will make to developing the sport in the region. “It is very exciting to see badminton being given such prominence within a brand new multi-sport facility. Top quality courts positioned within such a wonderful overall set up are essential for the sport if the UK is to continue to develop as one of the leading badminton playing countries.”
Two of the other ambassadors, Chad McKnight and Geva Mentor are vital to the development of two further flagship sports at the new Surrey Sports Park - Basketball and Netball. McKnight is the Player/Coach of The Guildford Heat Basketball team and Mentor, who plays for England and Surrey Storm, is one of the most exciting young talents in women’s netball. Both are key to the success of their sports at the Surrey Sports Park.
The final two ambassadors are names that are synonymous with the University of Surrey. Allan Wells and Vicki Hansford both work at the University and have aided the process of developing the new Surrey Sports Park over several years. Wells is a genuine sporting legend having won the 100 metre Olympic gold medal at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. Hansford is a Paralympian who won a bronze medal in adaptive rowing at the Paralympic Games in Beijing. She is particularly responsible for championing the top class facilities for disabled athletes at the Surrey Sports Park.
Commenting on the line up of ambassadors, Surrey Sports Park Chief Executive, Jason Harborow said, “I am absolutely thrilled with the quality and status of the sporting ambassadors that we have secured. Each of them has a crucial role to play over the coming months as we get closer to opening the Surrey Sports Park. Sport is all about ambition and achievement and along the way sporting icons are created. We are working with some great sporting icons who will I’m sure motivate and inspire people in Surrey to take advantage of the outstanding new sporting facilities through our membership packages which are now on sale.”
The Surrey Sports Park has already been registered as a suitable training venue for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 but as well as catering for elite athletes it will also provide the best and most up to date sport and facilities for anyone interested in sport and fitness.
For further details of membership packages for Surrey Sports Park, contact the Membership Team on 01483 689112 or visit www.surreysportspark.co.uk.