British gold medalists will collect Leafs

Nissan promises special EVs to athlete ambassadors who bring home gold

Published: July 25, 2016, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:25 PM

Nissan gold Leaf with Sir Chris Hoy

British athletes vying for gold at the Rio Olympics will have the added incentive of a gold Nissan Leaf, if they’ve been selected as Nissan athlete ambassadors.

Nissan has announced that it will give its athlete ambassadors at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games in Brazil a gold Leaf, if they fulfill their dream of bringing home a gold medal (and no, multiple golds does not mean multiple Leafs).

Nissan GB has designated 21 athletes as athlete ambassadors, including Becky James (Track Cycling), Melissa Reid (Para-Triathlon), George Nash (Rowing) and Richard Chissaro (Wheelchair Athletics), among others.

A version of the gold Leaf was recently unveiled by Britain’s most successful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, who has retired from competition but continues as a Nissan ambassador.

“It’s always exciting and nostalgic to come back to the Velopark, after winning my fifth and sixth gold medals here,” said Sir Chris. “For all of the Nissan athletes going to Rio, the 2016 Games will be a moment in their careers that they will never forget, whether they win a medal or not. But let’s hope they … come home with gold. It would be fantastic to hand over one of these special gold Nissan LEAFs on their return.

“Giving our gold medal-winning Nissan athletes a gold Nissan LEAF is our way of celebrating their incredible successes,” added Chris Marsh, Marketing Director at Nissan Motor GB. “Nissan is fully behind all of the GB athletes heading to Rio but will of course be keeping a close eye out for those we have individually supported over the course of the Games’ cycle on their road to Rio 2016.”