#SupportTheBest: List of auction lots grows

A flyer for an auction in support of the world's best athletes with an intellectual impairment

Just under one month away from its #SupportTheBest dinner and auction in Sheffield, Great Britain, on 23 November, the International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) has given a glimpse of the list of items to be sold.

Headlining the swag on offer in support of the world’s best athletes is two trips to World Intellectual Impairment Sport sport events in 2018.

The lucky winners of the first lot will be flown from Great Britain to Paris, France. There they will enjoy a two night stay for two people at the first World Intellectual Impairment Sport European Games between 14-22 July. They will get to experience a variety of sports first hand including athletics, swimming, football and table tennis.

The next incredible item is another two night break for two people at the 2018 World Intellectual Impairment Sport World Football Championships. Travelling from Great Britain to Karlstad, Sweden, any time between 2-18 August they can witness the thrills and spills of the beautiful game.

Continuing the holiday theme event partners and hosts, the four star Copthorne Hotel, are offering a one night stay in their luxurious penthouse suite.

Dinner guests will also get the chance to bid on a series of signed sports and arts memorabilia. These include shirt and picture displays from England footballer Sir Geoff Hurst, Arsenal favourite Thierry Henry and newly crowned Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton. In addition a signed and framed display of photographs of music legend Phil Collins is on offer.

Smaller items such as dinner for two at Nonna’s Italian restaurant in Sheffield and a family ticket for a Sheffield Sharks basketball game mean that everyone can have a go at bidding.

The evening will be highlighted by a speech from British Paralympian Jessica-Jane Applegate. The swimmer will recount her story, life as a Paralympic medallist and why organisations like World Intellectual Impairment Sport are so important for thousands of athletes.

Attendees will enjoy a delicious three course dinner and will get to rub shoulders with some of the world’s best sportspeople.

Ticket information

Tickets are still available for the dinner and auction which gets underway at the Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield at 7pm on 23 November. A table of eight is priced at £273 whilst individual tickets are £39 per person.

#SupportTheBest: World Intellectual Impairment Sport to hold charity dinner, auction

A flyer for a fundraising event for the International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport










The International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) is to hold an auction and dinner at the Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield, Great Britain on 23 November.

Early bird tickets are on sale now at for £35 per person or £245 for a table of eight before 23 October. After that tickets will be £39 per person or £273 for a table of eight.

World Intellectual Impairment Sport supports around 300,000 athletes and is recognised by the International Paralympic Committee to lead the development of sport for this group of athletes around the world.

As well as swimming, athletics and table tennis at the Paralympic Games, World Intellectual Impairment Sport also runs world and regional Championships in 13 other sports. These range from cycling, basketball and football to alpine and cross-country skiing.

In addition the organisation aims to promote the inclusion of athletes with an intellectual impairment in society.

The charity auction and three course dinner, which begins at 7pm, will feature a key note speech from London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medallist Jessica-Jane Applegate. The 21-year-old swimmer, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, also bagged two silver medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics in the women’s 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley S14.

Applegate said: “World Intellectual Impairment Sport does fantastic work on behalf of athletes with intellectual impairments all around the world and they have certainly helped me a lot during my career.

“After London 2012 we really saw an upturn in interest and support for para-sport that was carried through to Rio 2016 and that has really helped. However there is so much work that goes on in between the Paralympic Games, and in sports not on the programme, that help athletes like me train, compete and reach the podium.

“World Intellectual Impairment Sport cannot continue to do that without the help and generosity of the public, so come and join me in Sheffield for what I am sure will be a very fun evening while supporting the world’s best athletes.”

Working in partnership with the Copthorne Hotel and other local businesses, World Intellectual Impairment Sport has secured some great lots for guests to bid on. These include a night in the Penthouse suite at the four star Copthorne Hotel and Sheffield United match tickets, with other items to be revealed over the coming weeks and months.

A celebrity auctioneer, to be confirmed, is also expected to pick up the gavel to run the event, which is being called #SupportTheBest.