SYDNEY, August 8, 2007
– Lenovo today announced it has signed two of Australia's fastest swimmers, Libby Lenton and Eamon Sullivan, as ambassadors for the global PC company as it marks one-year out until the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games for which it is a TOP Sponsor and Worldwide Partner for the Olympic Torch Relay.
"Lenovo is proud to be working with these two remarkable Australians as together we head into the final 365 day countdown to the 2008 Olympic Games," said Heather Jones, Corporate Communications Director, Lenovo Australia and New Zealand.
Lenton and Sullivan are two of seven Lenovo Champion athletes selected around the world to participate in various activities in the lead up to and on-site at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. They will be involved in philanthropic work, promotional activity, Olympic hospitality and media appearances, for example, on behalf of Lenovo.
The two Australians join Gail Emms, 2004 Olympic silver medallist in badminton from Great Britain; United States' 2004 beach volleyball gold medallists, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh; Canadian canoeist and kayaker Adam van Koeveden, 2004 Olympic gold and bronze medallist; and Chinese track and field star and 2004 Olympic gold medallist, Liu Xiang.
"These first-in-class athletes and their participation in the Lenovo Athlete Champions program are shining examples of the multicultural, collaborative and competitive spirit that we at Lenovo embrace in all we do. We look forward to working with each of them to spread the goodwill that is the essence of the Olympic Games," said Alice Li, Vice President, Worldwide Olympic Marketing, Lenovo.
As part of its sponsorship of the Olympics, Lenovo also plans a global online philanthropic auction. The auction will feature limited-edition notebook computers inspired by the Lenovo-designed "Cloud of Promise" 2008 Olympic Torch with striking swirls of regal red against a pure silver base colour. Lenton or Sullivan will sign the collector’s item for Australian bidders.
The series of back-to-back, week-long auctions will begin on 8 February 2008 to mark the six month countdown to the Beijing Olympic Games, and conclude just prior to the Opening of the Games. Each week for 13 weeks, a "Cloud of Promise" themed notebook PC will be available in a different country for bidding over a seven-day period.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to take our design for the Cloud of Promise even further," said Yao Yingjia, vice president of Lenovo's Innovation Design Center and leader of the team that designed the torch that will travel the world in the Olympic Torch Relay leading up to the Olympic Games, including Canberra on April 24.
"The cloud motif that makes the torch so distinctive is associated with humanistic, benevolent ideals. In this spirit, and in the Olympic spirit of internationalism and cooperation, it is fitting these notebooks should be used to raise money for noble causes. Lenovo is gratified to see our beautiful design used for beautiful purposes."
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the auction of the Olympic Torch-branded notebooks will be distributed through the Lenovo Hope Fund to select philanthropies. In the spirit of Lenovo's sponsorship of the Olympic Games, the program will concentrate on microfinance, small- and medium-enterprise development and bringing sports to communities of children. The auction will be at
About the Lenovo Olympic Torch Notebook Design
For its winning torch design, the Lenovo Innovation Design Centre group employed a number of innovative materials and techniques, from precision-machining an aluminium-magnesium alloy into the scroll-shaped curves of the torch body, to using rubberised paint for the first time ever in an Olympic torch to provide the sensation of one hand gripping another. Like the "Cloud of Promise" on which the design is based, the notebooks are characterised by striking swirls of regal red against a pure silver base colour, representing the traditional Chinese concern for balance and harmony.
About the Lenovo TOP Sponsorship
Lenovo is the technology hardware supplier for the 2008 Games as well as the designer of the Beijing 2008 Olympic torch. Nearly every aspect of the management of the Games, from gathering and storing participant data to displaying the scores to organising all activities for BOCOG, depends on hardware provided by Lenovo. The company was also the Technology Equipment supplier for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, where Lenovo hardware supported critical Games systems as well as specially designed Internet lounges for athletes and journalists.
About Libby Lenton and Eamon Sullivan
Brisbane-based Libby Lenton won Gold in the 4 x 100m Freestyle at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and a Bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle. In the 2007 Melbourne World Championships she won five Gold medals. Later that year, Libby became the first female to swim 100m under 53 seconds, unofficially breaking the 100m Freestyle World Record.
Eamon Sullivan from Perth is 22 years old and generally regarded as Australia's rising star of the pool. At the 2007 World Championships he won a Gold and Bronze and is the Australian record holder for 50m freestyle (long and short course). Eamon made his debut for the Australian Swim Team at the 2004 Athens Olympics as a finalist in the relay.
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