Sir Matthew Pinsent is to visit South Wales on September 20 as part of a promotional tour to raise money for this year’s Walking With The Wounded Allied South Pole Challenge.
Sir Matthew will be available for media interviews from 2pm onwards at The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport; he will be joined by Team Glenfiddich, the UK’s entry, who will also be available for interview.
Members of the regional media are also invited to attend the gala dinner at The Celtic Manor Resort – hosted by Sir Matthew Pinsent – on a complimentary basis that evening.
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Olympic rowing legend Sir Matthew Pinsent will visit south Wales next month in a bid to raise money for this year’s Allied South Pole Challenge.
The four-time gold medalist will host a charity fundraising gala at The Celtic Manor Resort in order to secure “vital funds” for Team Glenfiddich, the British entry made up of seven injured military personnel.
They will go head-to-head with their American and Commonwealth counterparts in a grueling 335km race across Antarctica.
Members of the teams all have either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty, and will represent and raise funds for military charities: the Soldier On charities from Canada and Australia (Commonwealth); Soldiers to Summits (United States); and Walking With The Wounded (UK).
Prince Harry – known as ‘Captain Wales’ in the Army – is Royal patron of the expedition and will also take part in the race.
The prince is not expected to attend the fundraising event on September 20.
But the public will have the opportunity to meet Team Glenfiddich and view their expedition kit.
They will also get the chance to rub shoulders with Pinsent, who last year trekked 120 miles across Antarctica with three injured soldiers to raise £1.5 million.
Speaking yesterday, Sir Matthew appealed for residents across south Wales to “come out in force” to support a good cause.
“I’m very much looking forward to the event at The Celtic Manor Resort in September and would urge as many of you as possible to come along,” he said.
“It is a great chance to meet the British team and to see the specialist kit they will be using on this incredible expedition.
“I am also looking forward to hosting the evening’s gala dinner, when I hope to meet many of you in person.”
The Walking With The Wounded charity funds re-training and re-education of wounded servicemen and women to help them find employment after leaving the services.
Its Allied South Pole Challenge, which takes place in November and December this year, will be the first time that three international teams have gone-to-head.
Teams will race across three degrees – covering around 335kms (208 miles) – of the Antarctic to the geographic South Pole.
On September 20, Team Glenfiddich will receive a welcome from the Mayor of Newport before heading to The Celtic Manor Resort.
Their expedition kit will be on show between 2pm and 5pm at the Resort’s Conference Suite.
Visitors will also have the chance to meet the seven extraordinary members of the team: Duncan Slater, Ibrar Ali, Kate Philp, Guy Disney, Michael Goody, Jason Wilkes, and team guide Conrad Dickinson.
Entrance is free, but donations will be “gratefully received” on the day.
Sir Matthew will also host a “7pm-till-late” gala dinner that evening. Tickets cost £57 per head.
Organiser Janet Harris issued a plea to local businesses to support the event through sponsorship.
She said: “This is a very worthy cause, and there remain a variety of sponsorship opportunities.
“These range from table branding to having company’s logos added to the Team UK flag which will be placed at the South Pole.”
Dylan Matthews, the CEO of The Celtic Manor Resort, added: “We are delighted that Sir Matthew Pinsent and Team Glenfiddich will be here to share their remarkable and inspirational stories, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming them to the Resort.”
Places are strictly limited and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.