Promote PR's top 25 sporting moments
As you may know, 2019 marks 25 years since Promote PR was founded by CEO Sue Anstiss MBE in 1994.
A lot has happened in that time and, during another fantastic sporting summer, the team have come up with their top 25 sporting moments of the past 25 years.
Let us know on social media any you feel we may have missed. Note, these are in no particular order!
1 – 2003: England win the Rugby World Cup – A popular choice among the team as the drama of additional time and THAT Jonny Wilkinson drop goal won England their first-ever Rugby World Cup. Promote MD Nas had actually worked with the team and Universal Pictures ahead of the tournament on a film ‘Inside England Rugby: Sweet Chariot’ which chartered the team’s journey to become best in the world.
2 – 2018: England Netball win Commonwealth gold – Another one to file under dramatic victories as England defeated Australia in their own back yard to win a surprise gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. A particular favourite for CEO Sue, with the win creating jubilant scenes in her household.
3 – 2004: Amir Khan silver medal – Unheard of going into the 2004 Athens Olympics, 17-year-old Amir Khan defied all odds to win a silver medal and set himself up for a prosperous professional boxing career.
4 – 2016: Team GB Women’s Hockey team clinch gold – An iconic moment at the 2016 Rio Olympics as the women’s hockey team defeated defending champions Netherlands in a penalty shootout.
5 – 2009: Usain Bolt breaks 100m and 200m World Records – Bolt lit up the World Athletics Championships in Berlin as he smashed two World Records.
6 – 2000: Steve Redgrave wins his fifth gold medal – Despite telling people to shoot him should they ever see him in a boat again, Steve Redgrave clinched a remarkable fifth gold medal in Sydney.
7 – 2008: The Federer v Nadal Wimbledon final – The dethroning of the King on Wimbledon Centre Court as the swashbuckling Nadal claimed his first Wimbledon title in near-darkness.
8 – 2000: Sydney Olympics – A first Olympics memory for Ruth in the office, what started with a dazzling opening ceremony was followed by a prosperous Games for the Great Britain team. After winning just one gold medal in Atlanta 1996, the team racked up a total of 11 golds Down Under, including a memorable triumph for Denise Lewis in the heptathlon.
9 – 2018: England reach the football World Cup semi-finals – The summer that football nearly came home, a sun-soaked country began to believe as England reached their first World Cup semi-final in over 25 years.
10 – 2012: Super Saturday at London 2012 – A landmark day at a home Olympic games. Two gold medals on Dorney Lake and one in the cycling velodrome preceded an unforgettable evening in the Olympic Stadium as Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah all won athletics gold. A particularly great moment for Office Manager Kate who was watching the rowing at Dorney the day before Saturday’s goldrush.
11 – 2018: England DON’T pay the penalty – A watershed moment as England won their first-ever penalty shootout at a World Cup against Columbia to reach the quarter finals of the tournament. A fond memory for Account Executive Dan who had become ‘accustomed to the heartbreak of an England penalty loss’.
12 – 2013: Andy Murray winning his first Wimbledon – Murray brought the country to a standstill as he became the first British man to win a Wimbledon title since Fred Perry.
13 – 2012: The Miracle of Medinah – The comeback of all Ryder Cup comebacks. Europe overturned a huge final-day deficit with the spirit of the legendary Seve Ballesteros watching over them.
14 – 2005: Dame Ellen MacArthur, record breaker – A euphoric moment as Dame Ellen MacArthur broke the solo world record for sailing non-stop around the world, 1 day and 8 hours quicker than the previous record.
15 – 2008: Lewis Hamilton wins his first F1 Drivers’ Championship – He left it late but a last lap, last corner overtake in changeable conditions meant the then-23-year-old Hamilton won the first of his five World Championships.
16 – 2016: Poolside proposal – A highlight for office romantic Emma who loved Chinese diver Qin Kai proposing to his girlfriend and fellow diver He Zi at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
17 – 2005: Liverpool win their 5th Champions League – At 3-0 down to a dominant AC Milan side at half time, Liverpool looked dead and buried. However, a miracle turnaround in the second half allowed them to draw level 3-3 before emerging victorious on penalties. A surprise inclusion from Manchester United supporting Tom J!
18 – 2008: Phenomenal Phelps – Michael Phelps took the 2008 Beijing Olympics by storm as he won an unprecedented eight gold medals in the pool.
19 – 2005: London is awarded the 2012 Olympics – A fond moment for Account Director Leandra who fondly remembers the moment at school when it was announced that London would host the 2012 Olympics, describing the scene in the classroom as ‘jubilant’ as her sports-mad Chemistry teacher revealed the news.
20 – 2014: Wycombe Wanderers complete the great escape – At the special request of Account Manager and avid Wycombe fan Tom B, Wycombe sealed Football League survival in dramatic circumstances on the final day of the season. Three points adrift going in to the final day, a 3-0 win away at Torquay combined with results going their way elsewhere arguably saved the club from going out of existence.
21 – 2017: Women’s Cricket World Cup winners – A moment made even better if you’re there in person to see it – Ruth fondly remembers an unforgettable day at Lord’s as England fought back against idea to lift the World Cup.
22 – 2016: Leicester win the Premier League – The fact this was 5,000/1 with bookmakers at the start of the season says it all, a miracle outcome that showed the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
23 – 2004: 2019: England win the Cricket World Cup – We don’t have to go back too far for this one – sporting drama at its finest as England won the tournament after an unforgettably nerve-wrenching Super Over.
24 – 2017: Anthony Joshua rocks Wembley with Klitschko KO – In what felt like a real ‘changing of the guard’ moment, Anthony Joshua toppled Wladimir Klitschko to become the unified heavyweight champion.
25 – 2001: Roger Federer defeats Pete Sampras – The mid–late 1990s will be remembered for Sampras’ dominance at Wimbledon but a fourth-round defeat to then 19-year-old Federer saw a huge momentum shift. Federer would go on to win his first Wimbledon in 2003 and add a further seven to his collection.