Residents and businesses in the North East will be greeted by a familiar sporting face when they receive their new BT phone book. European bronze medalist, Chris Tomlinson, from Middlesbrough, will be on the front cover to celebrate two years to the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He is among a host of the UK’s leading athletes who will take pole position on the cover of BT’s new phone books to mark the occasion.
The first books will be distributed from this week and feature Chris, who recently won Bronze at the European Championships in Barcelona and also silver at the World Indoor Championships in 2008.
BT is the official communications services partner for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Phone Book will include London 2012 information specific to each region as the Games move closer.
Other sports personalities who will feature on the Phone Book front cover include; gymnast Dan Purvis, European silver and bronze medallist; wheelchair basketball Paralympic bronze medallist, Ade Adepitan; Lee Pearson, the multi-gold medal winning Paralympic equestrian; Lee McConnell, Olympic 4x400m relay runner; Dame Mary Peters, Olympic gold medallist in pentathlon; Leon Taylor, Olympic diving silver medallist who also invented the world's most difficult dive; Anne Bochmann, European Junior swimming gold medallist; Nathan Stephens, Paralympic field athlete; Alistair Brownlee, World Triathlon Champion, and his younger brother Jonathan Brownlee, European Junior Triathlon Champion.
Chris said: “Featuring sporting personalities on the cover of the BT Phone Book is a great idea as it will encourage people to get behind local athletes in their area. I was born, and grew up, in the North East and so I’m proud to be the face of the Phone Book across the region. I’m sure that it will help to raise the profile of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the country with less than two years to go.”
David Grossman, chief executive, BT Directories, said: “The Phone Book is still very much the quickest way to locate a friend, an essential service or a local business and gracing it with inspiring sporting personalities celebrates BT’s involvement with the London 2012 Games. We hope everyone gets behind the athlete that features on the front cover of their own Phone Book – it would be great if this inspires young hopefuls in the world of sport.
“Chris is a super enthusiastic athlete whose accomplishments make him a role model and an important ambassador for London 2012. And who knows? Maybe the new Phone Books will become a collector’s item!”