Ennis Among Six Brits’ to be Supported by 2012 Sponsor BP

February 15, 2011

Jessica Ennis, World and European heptathlon champion, is one of six British athletes (along with cyclist Lizzie Armitstead, hurdler William Sharman, middle/long distance runner Shelly Woods and Paralympian runners Stef Reid and Richard Whitehead) who BP is supporting in their role as Official Oil and Gas Partner and a Sustainability Partner for the London 2012 Games.

BP’s support for the athletes will include fuel for their cars and coaches as they train, compete and prepare for London 2012. Additionally as the Official Carbon Offsetting Partner, BP will help the athletes to leave a smaller carbon footprint than their fellow competitors.

BP’s partnership director for London 2012, Mike Sharrock stated: “We’re delighted and proud to support such an incredible group of athletes, all of whom are aiming to compete and to achieve outstanding results in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Jessica Ennis added: “I am learning so much about sustainability from the team at BP. Being made aware of my own carbon footprint and exploring ways to reduce it has made me so much more conscious of the need for us all to be more tuned into ways we can help protect the environment we live in. It has also been good to understand what offsetting my carbon footprint might look like. To know that BP will be supporting projects that are beneficial to the environment as a way of offsetting mine and my fellow athletes’ carbon footprint is brilliant.”