Doing more to support British and Irish sport
An SSE prize draw to meet and cycle with Sir Chris Hoy at the London Olympic Velodrome was a roaring success.
Thousands of people entered but 32 lucky people attended the Lee Valley VeloPark on Friday, 7 November for a unique lesson in track cycling with the six-time Olympic champion.
Sir Chris Hoy - accompanied by professional coaches David Le Grys and Pete Mitchell - took to the track with the prize draw winners.
They also took part in an intimate question and answer session, as well as getting a photograph with the cycling legend and autographs.
SSE customer Andrew Pirie revealed he couldn’t believe it when he found out he had won the chance to meet his hero Sir Chris.
The 37-year-old said: “I entered the competition on the SSE website because it was the chance of a lifetime. When I got the call to tell me that I had won I just couldn’t believe it!
“On a personal level it’s made a huge difference for me. It was my first time on the track and the coaches and Sir Chris were so helpful, taking the time to explain everything and encouraged us to really enjoy it, which I did.”
Albert Townley, 20, got an early christmas present from his aunt, Karen Boon, who gave her winning spot to him.
“I was very shocked when she told me that I would be cycling with Sir Chris on the velodrome where he won gold medals in London 2012.
“The whole day was surreal but amazing. I am a keen road cyclist and meeting the coaches and Sir Chris has motivated me to work really hard and pursue my dream of becoming a professional cyclist.”
SSE Ambassador Sir Chris believes giving back is essential to encouraging people to maintain healthy lifestyles and inspire the next generation.
Sir Chris said: “For an energy company to put on an event like this is rare and shows they are serious about making a difference and maintaining their commitment to helping the next generation of sporting stars.
“It’s a special day for everyone involved: family who come to watch their loved ones, for the people who got to experience the velodrome for the first time and cycle - it was an amazing day.”
Head of CRM at SSE Claire Jefferies, who attended the event said: “SSE is extremely proud to have been able to offer an experience like this.”
You can get tickets for The SSE Arena, Wembley and The SSE Hydro up to 48 hours before they go on general sale*.