Winter Olympic stars and Sir John Ritblat celebrate success on the snow
Sochi 2014 stars Jenny Jones and Billy Morgan led the celebrations at a party marking the achievements of Great Britain’s skiers and snowboarders at the recent Winter Olympic Games.
Delancey the new principal sponsor of British Ski and Snowboard, in partnership with British Ski and Snowboard and the innovative youth snowsports charity Snow-Camp, hosted the party at the Arts Club in Dover Street, Central London. Sir John Ritblat, Chairman of Delancey’s Advisory Board ‚Äì a keen skier who has funded snowsports for 36 years and was last year appointed President of British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) ‚Äì was joined by over 120 people at the party, including Sochi bronze medallist Jenny Jones, Great Britain snowboarders Billy Morgan, Ben Kilner, Dom Harington and Katie Ormerod, skier Roy Steudle, and cross-country skier Posy Musgrave.
Jenny Jones said of the event: “It’s fantastic to be reunited with my Sochi team mates to celebrate our Olympic success. There is so much ski and snowboard talent out there and financial support by sponsors such as Delancey will help us develop and build our programme and breed more success in future years.‚Äù
Winter Olympian Billy Morgan said of British Ski and Snowboard and Delancey’s partnership: “Seeing so many people come together to celebrate our performance in Sochi is awesome. We are thankful for the support of our sponsors and everyone behind the scenes. The news that Delancey have extended their sponsorship across British Ski and Snowboard can only be a good thing.‚Äù
Sir John Ritblat, President of BSS and Chairman of Delancey’s Advisory Board, said: This is my 36th year of supporting British snowsports, and we are extremely proud that Delancey has been able to play its own small part in supporting our nation’s dedicated athletes. British skiers have more than enough talent to continue do well internationally; however, they do need to be decently financed if this is to happen, and if future success is to be fostered from the ground roots up. The British have been a leading force in winter sports for over 100 years, and though skiing has had many royal patrons and over 2 million recreational skiers, it is still treated as a second-class sport to football, rugby and many summer Olympic sports. Many of us recall the names of Konrad Bartelski, Graham and Martin Bell, Alain Baxter and Finlay Mickel, but few remember that they all ranked in the top 15 in the world, nor the success they achieved against the international Alpine nations against whom they competed. It is wonderful that the likes of Jenny Jones, Chemmy Alcott, Dave Ryding and Billy Morgan are finally getting the recognition they deserve. This headline sponsorship is in addition to our title sponsorship for The Delancey British National Alpine Championships which will be held in Meribel next month, and also to our new charity partnership with Snow-Camp ‚Äì an exceptional charity that we very much look forward to building a long-term relationship with.‚Äù
The headline sponsorship is in addition to Delancey’s fourth year of title sponsorship for the Delancey British National Alpine Championships – which takes place in Meribel from the 30th March to 11th April this year.