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Companies come on board for the Matt Wells 2012 Jubilee Sprint Regatta

Newcastle, 13 August 2012 - Companies across the North East have joined forces with rower Matt Wells to bring a dozen of his Olympic team-mates, including gold medalists Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking, to Hexham.
The Olympians are heading to Northumberland immediately after the London Games, to compete in the Matt Wells 2012 Jubilee Sprint Regatta.

A unique event at Tyne Green on August 18, it marks the retirement from international competition of Matt Wells – who learned to row at the market town’s Queen Elizabeth High School and went on to win a bronze medal in Beijing.
It is being sponsored by a number of leading businesses keen to help local hero Matt launch a foundation that will raise money to support budding young local athletes looking to follow in his wake, and buy vital equipment for his old club.

They include: Jones Lang LaSalle, Handelsbanken, NEL Fund Managers, Egger UK, O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions, RTH Lubbers, Lloyd BMW and North Country Leisure.  Soft drinks giant Red Bull is supplying a tented athletes village at Hexham rowing club with accountants Armstrong Watson managing the fund-raising and donations on the day.
As well as the elite racing, there will also be a series of amateur competitions and a fun-packed day of family activities along Tyne Green organised by the Hexham Community Partnership.
Event chairman, Alex Waters of insurance brokers TVI Commercial, said: “Although this day is Matt’s way of saying farewell to international competition, he is doing it in style with an event on a scale never before seen in this, or any other, region.

“We expect an audience of around 5,000 to line the banks of the Tyne, and thanks to our local and national sponsors there will a whole day of rowing, music, dancing, food and drink, entertainment, sideshows and other attractions for all the family.

“A fund-raising dinner at Slaley Hall Hotel, made possible through the generosity of the De Vere Group and almost sold-out, will be a fitting climax to a fantastic day that celebrates a true local legend and also brings a touch of Olympic glamour to the region.”