Team GB’s most decorated female Paralympian to open Derby Arena

Tue 17 Mar 2015

Dame Sarah Storey, Great Britain’s most decorated Paralympian will officially open the iconic Derby Arena this Thursday in front of hundreds of local people and sporting stars Sir David Brailsford, Dani King MBE and swimmer Ross Davenport.

Dame Storey, the first elite cyclist to ride on the Arena’s track will join another Dame, Derby South MP Dame Margaret Becket to launch the Arena ahead of the evening’s spectacular sporting, cycling and cultural showcase.

Councillor Alison Martin, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said:

“It’s an absolute privilege to welcome sporting star, Dame Sarah Storey and the Rt. Hon Dame Margaret Becket MP, who’s served Derby South for over 30 years. I am thrilled that Sir David Brailsford is able to support us as we open the iconic Derby Arena.

Thursday’s event promises to be a once in a lifetime experience, showcasing Derby’s new world class venue.”

Dame Storey trained at the Arena in February – describing it as ‘superb’. Topping the medal table at London 2012 Paralympic Games for Team GB, Sarah won four Gold Medals including the impressive World Record in her first event the C5 Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit. She is also a three times British (able bodied) national track champion.

All available tickets for the special launch event have been snapped up, with around 1,500 people set to experience the Arena in its many guises and manifestations. The event will start with a bang as the colourful Carnival Drummers, Calidoscopio kick start the festivities with Brazilian and Fusion grooves. The first half will showcase a variety of acts from Derby singer/songwriter Kezia Gill to the principal cellist with Sinfonia Viva. There’ll also be a plethora of local rising stars including Lost Boys, Derby Jazz,  Lucille, Babbling Vagabonds, Elektric, Georgia Fowler, Hubbub Theatre Company, folk singer Abbie Rechert alongside a Pedal Powered Party. 

The packed audience will then take their seats for a spectacular cycling and cultural showcase. Performers in this section of the launch event include: Sienna Hinsley, Peashooter, Kezia Gill, The Wrong Size, Jamie Joseph and Dan Moore, and Gerard Schneider.

The evening’s cycle racing, featuring Dame Sarah Storey and Dani King MBE, will be a mix of Sprint and Endurance races spread across five different events. Spectators will watch as World Class riders compete against each other in races such as: Scratch, Keirin, Elimination Race and Sprints.