Apollo Projects Ltd is to lead a sponsorship programme for sailing gold medallists Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie.
CEO Paul Lloyd detailed the sponsorship at an event celebrating the first stage completion of the Christchurch Central Police Station project in St Asaph Street last week (December 6).
The sponsorship had immediate benefits for young sailors in Canterbury, with the pair meeting with the Canterbury youth yachting squad in the 420 and Laser Radial classes on December 8.
The London Olympic 470 class winners will also be conducting coaching clinics in Canterbury in the New Year leading up to their time competing overseas in March/April.
The pair sailed their way to gold medal glory in London with a stunning final-day performance and have now set their sights on more gold at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Apollo Projects CEO Paul Lloyd says: “We met Jo and Polly at a function in Christchurch and were amazed at how much they had been able to achieve with limited resources. Their focus was totally on performance with little time being available to organise extra sponsorship.”
Besides providing cash as part of the one-year sponsorship deal, Apollo worked to bring other sponsors on board to assist with their programme.
Supporting Apollo as Principal Sponsor are Gold Sponsors, John Jones Steel, O’Donnell Griffin, Active Refrigeration, Profile Construction, boat sponsor Kingspan Insulated Panels and car sponsor Flexi Lease.
Jo Aleh says the sponsorship is a big boost for their Rio programme.
“When we competed in England, conditions were not that far away from those we were used to in New Zealand, but Brazil is a totally different kettle of fish. We need to spend as much time as we can sailing over there to have a chance in 2016.”
Paul Lloyd says Apollo has had some involvement in sponsoring swimming and rowing at a national level and the company has been keen to extend a helping hand to other athletes.
Among the projects the company is involved in as part of the Canterbury rebuild is development of High Performance Sport NZ’s new $3.5m facility adjacent to Jellie Park. He says the company is proud to maintain its association with New Zealand’s sportsmen and women.