GOLDEN duo Sir Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent are set to be reunited at a “one-of-a-kind” event in March to help rebuild an iconic Marlow landmark.
However this time the pair, who together scooped four Olympic gold medals, will not be clambering into a boat and will instead form part of a star-studded line-up at Marlow Rowing Club’s biggest ever fundraising event.
Sir Steve and his wife Lady Ann will host the gala evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday, March 7, whichwill include dinner and an auction, with exclusive prizes on offer.
Bidders will compete for a range of privileges including a chauffeur driven trip to see Sir Steve’s guest appearance on BBC One’s Question of Sport.
Also up for grabs is the chance to caddy for the Olympic legend at the BMW pro-celebrity golf tournament at the prestigious Wentworth course.
The glitzy bash is the centrepiece of the club’s push to pull in funds for the new £2.5million Watersports Hub, which is already underway after fire gutted the riverside club in 2011.
Club president Sir Steve said: ““It is my honour to host the Presidents Dinner to raise funds to rebuild Marlow Rowing Club.
“I have been involved with the club for many years and I know how important the club is to the local community and how well it has served our athletes in the past as well as the tremendous work they will do to ensure Olympic rowers for the future.
“The event will be one-of-a-kind in the local community and a great opportunity for people to be involved and meet celebrity sporting champions”
Other guest appearances at the fundraising evening include fellow London 2012 gold medallist Katherine Grainger CBE, Paralympic champion Naomi Riches MBE and former Lightweight Double Sculls gold medallist Zac Purchase MBE.
Two lucky winners of one of the night’s top prizes will be chauffeur-driven by Sir Steve to the Question of Sport Studios complete with champagne in the car, and get the chance to meet the show’s other celebrity guests in the Green Room.
Also going under the hammer is a stay at Sir Steve and Lady Ann’s luxury penthouse in Marbella.
And thrill seekers can bid for a one-and-a-half hour flight or flying lesson in a plane over Marlow .
So far, the Fire Fund Appeal has pulled in over £2m, including a £1m grant from Sport England as well as large donations following a series of fundraising events last year.
Demolition of the old clubhouse, destroyed by fire in August 2011, has been delayed due to fears over a nearby gas main and the discovery of asbestos on the site late last year.
The organising committee now estimate the new centre will be finished in September this year, a month behind the original schedule.
Once completed, the state-of-the-art water sports hub that will cater for a range of sports including rowing, triathlon, canoeing and open water swimming, as well as para-rowing.