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Grange Hotels Hosts the Inauguration of Team England’s New Chef de Mission, Sarah Winckless MBE, as Official Supplier – Commonwealth Games England

08 June 2016

At Grange Hotels, we are delighted to announce that our commitment to sport is stronger than ever, as we consolidate our partnership with Commonwealth Games England as an Official Supplier of Team England.

Sarah _Winckless _MBEEarly last week, former rowing star Sarah Winckless MBE visited our Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, where Paul Blanchard, Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games England, appointed her Chef de Mission for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas; providing leadership and direction to Team England before, during and after the 2018 Games.

Paul Blanchard remarked on the inauguration: “Sarah’s experience, knowledge and skills mean that she is the right appointment for Team England. We are dedicated to supporting the development of the next generation of English athletes. Sarah shares that ambition with us, and in particular our President Denise Lewis.”

We fully support Team England and our athletes, who now face the challenge of preparing themselves to perform at elite levels. As an Official Supplier of Team England, we encourage all the participants to make the most of this incredible opportunity and encourage future elite athletes and engagement in sporting activities more widely.

Sitting atop our Sky Bar, overlooking the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral, Sarah stated: “Team England is a fantastic representation of modern England. We are proud to have a team that is diverse, inclusive and demonstrative of England in 2016”.

Tony Matharu, Grange Hotels’ Managing Director, also commented: “We congratulate Sarah on her well-deserved appointment as Chef de Mission. Grange Hotels has always been an advocate of the power of sport as a vehicle to transform lives and trigger social change. Last week, we hosted the Grange Hotels annual Charity Cricket Festival at London’s Vincent Square to raise funds for our partner charity, IODR, and its ongoing intervention projects in earthquake-affected Nepal. We we were delighted to welcome both clients and colleagues, together with stars of England Cricket, Iain Nairn, Paul Nixon and Norman Cowans."

We share our passion for sport and enthusiasm for collaboration and team building with staff members and corporate clients alike. This has involved Grange Hotels’ staff running the London Marathon and Vitality Westminster Mile, as well as cycling in aid of our long-term partner charities, IODR and Lord’s Taverners.

Through the power of support, Grange Hotels has assisted in building sports facilities in Tsunami-affected Sri Lanka and after the cessation of hostilities in the north of the island, where all children and youth had previously known nothing other than war, a further facility to host the Murali Harmony Cup; bringing harmony and conciliation where enmity had existed.