Sport in Life Dinner with Jodie Swallow and James Cunnama

We are delighted that two of the finest professional triathletes on the planet - Jodie Swallow and James Cunnama - will be joining us for a special TriDubai dinner and Q&A session on Tuesday 9th December.  Even better, just by coming along to the dinner you'll be helping raise awareness (and cash) for Richard Holland.

What? When? Where?

*WHAT?*:  an all you can eat (and for us triathletes that means "a lot") buffet, during which we'll hold a Q&A session with Jodie and James, with the chance for lots of questions from the floor (and of course the ability to chat to the legends before and after!).   MENU HERE

*WHEN?*:  Tuesday 9th December.  Doors open [7]pm.  Dinner starts [8]pm.

*WHERE?*:  The wonderful Movenpick Hotel, Ibn Battuta Gate.

*HOW MUCH?*:  AED 295 per person - all you can eat (booze costs extra).  BOOK YOUR PLACES NOW ON PREMIER ONLINE!

*WHY?*:  Eat, drink with all your pals from TriDubai.  Listen to stories from two of the best pros in the business (and ask them all the questions you can think of).  But most importantly, help raise some cash for Richard Holland.


Jodie Swallow

Jodie represented Team GB in the 2004 Olympics and England in the 2002 Commonwealth Games.  She's the 2010 World 70.3 Champion (and came 2nd this year in Mt Tremblant).  She won the World Long Distance ITU Championships in 2009, and has won ITU World Cup races, 70.3 races and Ironman races.  In this year's Ironman World Championships in Kona she came 4th.  In short, she's one of the very best, and she's been at the top for a very long time!

Jodie has had a really interesting sporting history - one that includes dealing with Olympic selectors, being coached by names such as Brett Sutton and now Siri Lindley, and having way more than her fair share of injuries.  She's passionate about the sport, and not afraid to tell it how she sees it!

You can find out more about Jodie on her website, I Follow The Swallow

James Cunnama

James is a multiple Ironman 70.3 Champion, won Challenge Roth in 2012 in under 8 hours (7.59.59!), and has had numerous podium positions in iron and half-iron distance races all around the world.  He's also got a 4th place finish at the Ironman World Championships in Kona (from 2013) - and also trained for several years under Brett Sutton in TeamTBB.

James grew up in South Africa in a very sporty family, and in his youth excelled at long distance running.  After volunteering at some triathlon races he decided to give triathlon a go - and quickly got bitten by the triathlon bug.  We look forward to see how he fairs in Bahrain!

Check out more info on James at his website here.

Richard Holland

Richard Holland was training for the Laguna Phuket half iron distance race in Dubai in October 2011, when he was hit from behind by a car, sustaining multiple life-threatening injuries.

Rich's injuries included broken ribs, punctured lungs, a fractured sternum, fractured right fibula, and severe injuries to his brain. His brain injuries are substantial, the worst of which is a contusion on his brain stem which caused an immediate coma.  Rich has what is known as a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and the specific condition he has been left with is known as Locked-in Syndrome.

Rich’s condition is now stable, but he still requires intensive medical supervision.  Due to the type of brain injury that he sustained, his brain stem was injured. This has resulted in a loss of motor messages to his body. This is obviously very frustrating and frightening for him and means he requires constant turning and repositioning to prevent pressure sores. He also requires intensive physiotherapy to keep his limbs mobile and prevent stiffness and contractures.

Richard's medical cover only provides certain therapies and not others. He needs 4 carers to rotate day and night to provide 24 hour supervised care (which is not covered by Medicare Aid at all).  All donations go towards equipment the funding of his care and ongoing rehabilitation.

Progress is slow, but is definitely happening thanks to the intense rehabilitation program. He is now moving his right hand and beginning to move his right arm. Just this month he started to lift and circle his right foot.

Rich is now able to swallow and eat soft food.  He still has no audible voice but is starting to use a computerized communication system which he controls with his right thumb.  This will hopefully open up the possibility of independant communication.

Richard's family would like to take him to USA next year to a very intense program at the shepherd centre in Atlanta as they have the equipment and the experience to hopefully take his rehab to the next level of functionality.  This is their primary fund raising aim for next year

The Movenpick Hotel are very kindly putting this dinner on for us at a discounted price, and we are charging you full price for it – which means the difference goes to Back on Your Bike fund.  Thank you Movenpick!

Sport In Life

We are delighted that Sport In Life is the Title Sponsor for the dinner.

"Sport In Life was established in 2004 to inject passion into the sports distribution industry and address the growing need for a specialist distributor of high performance sporting products in the Middle East. Ten years later, Sport In Life is now responsible for distributing and marketing international high performance brands such as Polar, Silverback, Newton Running, 2XU and GU. 

The success of Sport In Life is due to an incredible team that is dedicated and passionate about the sports industry. We love and care about what we do. We are evangelical about our brands and only distribute brands we believe in and care about; brands that have the same passion for what they do, that we have for what we do.

Richard Holland worked at Sport In Life as 2XU brand manager. His infectious passion for the brand helped to build and establish it into the GCC benchmark for performance apparel that other brands aspire to today. Richard remains firmly in our hearts and minds, and is a key member of the Sport In Life family."


The Sport in Life Dinner with Jodie Swallow and James Cunnama is also proudly supported by Plafond.

Plafond is the UAEs leading multi-disciplinary interior fit out contractor.  As a company within the Emirates Group of companies and with over 20 years of experience delivering the highest quality of interior finishing, Plafond has become a contractor of choice for many of the UAEs leading companies.  Plafond’s in house specialist trades ensure full control over delivery and quality resulting in total customer satisfaction.