“Atos Origin Announces Sponsorship of Danny Crates – 800m Paralympic Champion”
London, 13 March 2006
Atos Origin, a leading IT services company and Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, today announced sponsorship of Danny Crates, 2004 Paralympic Champion in the 800m, who is looking forward to defending his title in Beijing in 2008.
Atos Origin also continues its sponsorship of Georgina Harland, winner of the bronze medal for the Modern Pentathlon at the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games and Adam Pengilly, bob skeleton athlete, who came eighth at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, his first Olympic Games. Atos Origin's sponsorship includes financial support to enable the athletes to continue training in the run up to their next Olympic Games.
“Winning the gold medal in Athens was a fantastic feeling and I am delighted that Atos Origin has agreed to sponsor me through to Beijing 2008, where I hope to defend my 800m title,” said Danny Crates. “The sponsorship from Atos Origin will enable me over the next couple of years to focus on my training, in preparation for the next Paralympic Games.”
Danny, aged 33, started his sporting career playing rugby at both regional and county level. Following an accident in 1994, in which he lost his right arm, he became the only known arm amputee playing club rugby in the country. He then turned his attention to athletics and competed in his first international event in 1998 at the World Championships, where he reached the 400m final and won a silver medal in the 4 x 400m relay event in a new European record time. In 2003, switching to the 800m, Danny won the 2003 World and European Indoor 800m titles. Danny now trains alongside Olympic sprinters, Donna Fraser and Jo Fenn.
Danny's many achievements include silver medal in the 800m the Paralympic World Cup in 2005; gold medal in the 800m at the Athens Paralympic Games; world record holder for the 800 m in 2004; gold medal at the European Championships in 2003; gold medal in world indoor championships in 2003; gold medal at the European Championships in 2001 and bronze medal at the Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000.
“Sponsoring British sport at this level is a real honour. We wish Danny, Georgina and Adam the best of luck in their Olympic efforts,” said Xavier Flinois, UK CEO, Atos Origin.
As the Worldwide IT Partner and TOP Sponsor of the Olympic Games through to the London Olympic Games in 2012, Atos Origin has primary responsibility for the design, build and operation of the Olympic Games IT infrastructure that securely relays results, events and athlete information to spectators and media around the world.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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