A Gala fundraising event in support of the British Parasnowsport Team

Saturday 18th November 2017

Crowne Plaza, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

  • The Gold Run to The Games’ Gala takes place in Marlow, Buckinghamshire – the county where the first Paralympic movement began in 1948.
  • Star-studded ball kicks off 100 days of fundraising for the British Parasnowsport team, ahead of the 12th Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
  • All money raised will fund the athlete training programme in the run-up to the Winter Paralympics in 2018.
  • Confirmed celebrity guests, sports luminaries and fundraisers include Kelly Gallagher Paralympic Gold Medalist and Millie Knight World Downhill Champion, Menna Fitzpatrick World Cup winner plus X Factor contestants, Saara Alto and Lauren Murray, Britain’s Got Talent star, Patrick Ashe and DJ Will Manning from Capital FM.
  • Tickets available here

100 days to the Winter Paralympics

A team of very determined Marlow residents have embarked in a mission to raise much-needed funds for the British Parasnowsport Team.

Inspired by a chance meeting with the British Parasnowsport coach, Amanda Pirie, and united by a passion for Winter sports, friends Anita Brack, Kim Lewendon, Jackie Paton and Jo Paish have organised a star-studded gala to raise cash for some of the country’s most inspirational sportsmen and women.

The black tie event launches 100 days of fundraising for the British Parasnowsport team, ahead of the PeyongChang 2018 Paralympics (9-18 March 2018). The four Marlow mums driving the campaign hope that extra publicity around the event will help raise the profile of para snow sports in general and promote more opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Black Tie gala, hosted at the Crowne Plaza, Marlow on 18th November 2017, will offer first-class entertainment and an opportunity for guests to meet and greet some of Britain’s most talented skiers and snowboarders, who despite visual and physical impairments, compete at mind-boggling speeds of up to 80mph.

“Living in Buckinghamshire, official home of the Paralympic movement, we’ve always been inspired by the achievements of these world class athletes and wanted to do something to support their incredible efforts and achievements”, says organiser, Anita Brack. “Every penny raised will go towards funding the expert ski coaches, specialist strength and conditioning coaches, sports psychologists, physiotherapists and ski techs that will give our team the best possible chance of bringing home the medals!”

You can donate online now via the British Parasnowsport’s JustGiving page

For further press information please contact:

Anne-Marie Payne:

Beth Versleys:

Nobull Comms: 01628 526208


Notes to Editors:

British Parasnowsport is the racing arm of Disability Snowsport UK. British Parasnowsport is responsible for alpine, Nordic and cross-country ski racing and snowboard racing. British Parasnowsport is funded by UK Sport and The National Lottery to provide the World Class Programme for the athletes and the achieve medal success at the Winter Paralympics in 2018.

Facebook: @britishparasnowsport

Twitter: @BritishParasnow

YouTube: Disability Snowsport UK


"THE GOLD RUN TO THE GAMES and launch of the British Parasnowsport team's season ahead of the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea in March provides a fantastic opportunity to once again raise the profile of the Paralympic games and celebrate the aspirations of Team GB. The National Spinal Injuries Centre is one of the largest specialist spinal units in the world, and the pioneering rehabilitation work carried out by Sir Ludwig Guttmann which led to the development of the Paralympic Games continues today. The staff are proud of their association with the Paralympic movement, the athletes and events such as this that continue to celebrate the achievements of paralympians and Team."

Stuart Coalwood
General Manager National Spinal Injuries Centre

“Poppa Guttmann gave us our lives back. Guttmann changed Spinal Cord Injury from a death sentence to a parallel way of life and sport; hence PARA sport. Not only did he initiate the first global successful treatment for spinal injury in 1944 at Stoke Mandeville but used sport as a key rehabilitation method. He held the first Stoke Mandeville games on the same opening day as the 1948 London Olympic Games to show that his patients could also be competitive, capable, physically and mentally determined. It is so appropriate that THE GOLD RUN TO THE GAMES is being held in Buckinghamshirewhere Parallel games were born but, due to the lack of mountains and snow here, the first winter games were hosted and held in Sweden in 1976. It is SO important to support our winter and summer Paralympic athletes and their training and equipment. The Games have grown to be one of the most globally watched sporting events and admired by millions but the funding has not kept pace. Become a pacemaker and allow more athletes the funding their talents deserve. To represent your country and overcome your apparent disadvantages is such an achievement to celebrate is a dream. An individual's financial support makes these dreams come true.”

Poppa Guttman chair Mike Mackenzie

"I am delighted to welcome our British Parasnowsport Winter Athletes back to the County of Buckinghamshire, where the original Paralympic Movement began. They are an inspiration to our County and Country and I sincerely hope that they are given as much support as possible."

High sheriff of Buckinghamshire, Peter Kara

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