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Zac with Siemens 

Rowing Olympic gold medallist, Zac Purchase, presented winners of an indoor rowing regatta for Manchester-based Siemens, with their awards at an event held in Manchester on Saturday 18th October.

Zac won gold in Beijing in the Lightweight Men’s Double Scull and has been rowing for many years.  He was invited along to the event by the Siemens team to present awards to winners of the company’s indoor rowing regatta finals event.

As part of a drive to encourage employees to keep fit and healthy, Siemens has been holding an internal rowing regatta for staff in its UK sites over the last few weeks. Trying to set the best time over 500 metres in their chosen category and qualify for the grand final, the regatta toured the country, providing employees with the opportunity to try their hand at indoor rowing and to learn how to improve their fitness, while also raising funds for charity.

The winners of all the heats in various categories took part in today’s finals.

The regatta coincides with the launch of Siemens Stroke for Stroke Week 2008, which challenges people across the UK to each row 10km between 27 October and 2 November 2008, raising vital funds for The Stroke Association.

Zac Purchase said: "I’m really pleased and happy to see so many people taking part in the competition here in Manchester and want to congratulate everybody who took part.

"I think initiatives like this by Siemens are not only fun and enjoyable for staff but a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy and raise money for charity in the process."

With the internal regatta, Siemens, the High Performance Partner of GB Rowing, is hoping that employees will get the rowing bug and clock up the kilometres for Stroke for Stroke Week 2008!

Ian Riley, head of corporate marketing, Siemens in the UK, said: "We are delighted with the success of our indoor rowing regatta and how our staff have risen to the challenge to have a go.  It was great that Zac could be with us today and hopefully inspire some of our employees to continue with their rowing to raise money and keep fit."

Stroke for Stroke Week 2008 is open to everyone across the UK and you can sign up by visiting www.siemens.co.uk/strokeforstroke. LA fitness, the official gym partner for this year’s campaign is offering free access to its gyms for everyone taking part in the campaign.

PICTURE CAPTION: Gold Medallist Zac Purchase (centre red strap) with all the winners of the Siemens indoor rowing regatta finals

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