Olympic gold medallist Sophie Hosking launches 25,600 mile Sport Relief challenge (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Olympic gold medallist Sophie Hosking launches 25,600 mile Sport Relief challenge
A GOLD medal-winning Olympian visited Bournemouth to launch a challenge Phileas Fogg would be proud of.
Much like the hero of Around the World in 80 Days, staff at Nationwide in Richmond Hill will be completing a tough test for money – but all funds received will be donated to charity.
Employees will find ways to travel the entire distance around the world – a whopping 25,600 miles – in as many different ways as they can.
They will have just five months to raise £150,000 for Sport Relief, together with staff from Nationwide in Swindon and Northampton.
Sophie Hosking, who won the gold in the lightweight double sculls at London 2012 with teammate Kat Copeland, launched the charity challenge with a 15-minute stint on a rowing machine.
The 27-year-old said: “I think it’s a fantastic challenge.
“Sport can bring people together and help them achieve, and that’s a cause that’s really close to my heart. I’ve got so much out of playing sport and it’s great for me to get others involved.”
The challenge will take place until March 14 next year, and employees are urged to find unusual ways to notch up some miles to help. Sophie, who has now retired from sport and is training to become a solicitor with BPP at London Waterloo, said: “I see my new role as an ambassador and mentor to be really important, so I’m pleased to be here.”
Helen Clear, who works at the Swindon branch of Nationwide, said: “It’s a chance for everyone to get involved and give something back.
“We have started the challenge well ahead of Sport Relief, which comes up in March, so that we can all do as much as possible.
“It involves all of the employees across three branches, and we’re encouraging everyone to give it a go and raise some money.”
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