Research for Mars Refuel Drink says that Torvill and Dean have beaten the 1966 England football side in a new poll to find out the nation’s most inspirational sporting moments. The ice skating duo’s perfect score at the 1984 Olympics topped the list of the nation’s most inspirational sporting moments, 27 years after their incredible performance saw them win gold in Sarajevo.
The 1966 World Cup winning England team came in second, whilst Dame Kelly Holmes winning two gold medals in Athens in 2004 came third.
The importance of such major sporting achievements is that the MARS Refuel poll also found that up to a quarter of those polled have been inspired to take up a sport following a major sporting event, by watching sport on TV, or from the success of an elite sportsperson.
In the case of taekwondo World Number 1, Aaron Cooke, sporting inspiration came from an unlikely source!
Aaron explains; “I started Taekwondo when I was five years old because I watched Power Rangers and wanted to be one! It just goes to show sporting inspiration can come from anywhere!”
Aaron is keen that others are inspired to get involved in sport. He continues; “If anyone needs financial support getting active, they should check out the MARS Refuel Drink Fund.”
MARS Refuel drink set up the MARS Refuel Drink Fund to encourage people to try new sports and play their favourite sport for longer.
The fund, which launches on April 2 2011 and runs until September 30 2011, has £5,000 to donate each month to the most deserving applicants.
Applications can be made online at www.marsrefuel.com offering support with anything from equipment and travel costs, to improving training grounds and club houses. The fund will be accepting applications from April 2 2011.
The site will be regularly updated with the names of the people and clubs awarded each month.
The fund is open to residents of, and clubs and organisations based in the UK and Republic of Ireland only. Applicants must be 12 years or over and only one application will be accepted per person, club or organisation.