Justin Rose Tees off on a British Airways 747 after European team victory
Story published at 15:27, Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Following his pivotal role in the European Team’s win at Gleneagles, the former US Open champion Justin Rose continued to soar high by demonstrating his shot making skill from the wing of a British Airways Boeing 747.
Celebrating the partnership between British Airways and the 34-year-old Englishman, the airline helped to raise funds and awareness for the Kate and Justin Rose Foundation, which was set up by the golfing star and his wife to inspire children through nutrition, education, and experiences.
Rose was joined by former England football captain and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, ex-Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp, former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright and fashion icon, Jodie Kidd at the airline’s engineering hangar in London.
Standing on the wing of a British Airways 747, which has a wingspan of 64m and average height of 6.1m above the ground, Rose hit a succession of balls at a target 180 yards away to secure flights for the charity.
Gary Lineker, Jamie Redknapp, Ian Wright and Jodie Kidd, who are all keen golfers, took turns practicing their swing before trying to emulate Rose’s success aiming at the 160 yard target.
Representing Europe in his third Ryder Cup but his first on home soil, Justin’s emotions were still running high after the team’s third successive victory in the biennial tournament.
“The team played outstanding this weekend and it’s a fantastic feeling to come out of the Ryder Cup as the winning team again, To carry that adrenaline with me on to the wing of the British Airways 747 before flying the aircraft back across the Atlantic was a special thrill,” said Rose. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and I am grateful to British Airways for donating flights towards the Kate and Justin Rose Foundation – it will make a huge difference to our campaign.”
Frank van der Post, British Airways managing director of brands and customer experience, said: “We are delighted to work with Justin once again as he is one of British sports’ most iconic characters. We were pleased to also provide flights to the Justin and Kate Rose Foundation and support the great work they do.”
Rose, who became the first English player in 17 years to win a major when he lifted the US Open title last year, will head to Dubai in November to compete in the European Tour’s finale of the Race to Dubai, the DP World Tour Championship, held at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in the United Arab Emirates.
British Airways www.ba.com
Justin and Kate Rose Foundation http://kjrosefoundation.org/