Scores of supporters enjoyed a fun quiz night which raised more than £1,700 to help the Derbyshire Institute of Sport support more young athletes as we look towards the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
On one of the coldest nights of the year, 70 quizzers from Derbyshire companies battled it out at the Derby Loves You venue in the heart of Derby city centre to compete for the Derbyshire Decathlon trophy sponsored by Wytech.
The entrants were made up of generous representatives from HUUB Design, Wytech, Geldards, LKAB, Hive Thinking, Don Amott Leisure, South Derbyshire District Council and Hub 3 Accountants. The evening’s sponsors were HUUB Design and Derby City Council.
Former Commonwealth gold medal winner Craig Heap was compere for the night and soon warmed up the audience with amusing stories of his sporting career as a gymnast and life as a Yorkshire dad living in the north-east.
He was a brilliant and funny host for the evening and took everyone through the 50 quiz questions, broken down into ten rounds.
In between, tickets for a prize draw were sold with some super prizes. Donations of prizes came from the White Peak Distillery, Derby Runner, Divine Box, Raleigh UK, Derby Runner, Starbucks, Don Amott Leisure, Annies Burger Shack, Mickleover Sports FC, Jurys Inn, Customer Plus, The Sporting Joint and Denby Pottery.
The winners of the heads and tails game won a Nespresso coffee machine.
The quiz winners were The Fellowship of the Brians who won the Wytech Derbyshire Decathlon trophy, British Athletics warm-up tops as used by athletes in Tokyo 2020 and a £25 gift voucher courtesy of Colleague Box.
Runners-up won a one-month free online yoga class courtesy of Lisa Satchwell Energetics, plus products from Divine Beauty and ManCave.
Third prize winners won a bag of HUUB goodies and a £5 Starbucks voucher each. All quizzers were handed a bag of Jellyatrics sweets, courtesy of Customer Plus, as they left.
Derbyshire Institute of Sport managing director Chloe Maudsley: “It was a really fun night, and it was so good to see everyone enjoying themselves.
“Craig Heap was hilarious and got everyone giggling from the start. A huge thanks to all our supporters who gave prize draw and quiz prizes and our sponsors and all the teams. It was such a success we hope to make it a yearly fixture.”
The profits collected on the night will be used by DIS to help support its work with talented, local athletes ahead of the Commonwealth Games, the Paris 2024 Olympics and the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.
The event was supported by the Government and the European Regional Development Fund through the Welcome Back Fund to support the safe return of events and activities to high streets and town and city centres.