Deltatre Supports C4 Broadcast Of First Ever UK Winter Paralympic Gold Medal

Steve Boulton, deltatre’s creative director, said, “Bringing the achievements of these great athletes to the country has been exceptionally rewarding for us and for the ParalympicGB team to win their first ever winter gold is fantastic.

Steve Boulton, deltatre’s creative director, said, “Bringing the achievements of these great athletes to the country has been exceptionally rewarding for us and for the ParalympicGB team to win their first ever winter gold is fantastic.

I sent deltatre  a tweet last week asking what was happening with their Sochi 2014 Paralympic coverage and they responded that visually impaired skier Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans won the first ever winter Paralympic gold medal for Great Britain. Channel 4, with support from deltatre, was at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre in Russia to broadcast the history making Super-G event to TV and mobile device users. The Sports Techie community blog is privileged to once again provide our readers with the latest information about deltatre helping Channel 4 with their Sochi 2014 Paralympics coverage, following their award winning London 2012 team efforts for the winter Paralympic games viewers in the UK.

Channel 4, with support from deltatre, was at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre in Russia to broadcast the history making Super-G event to TV and mobile device users in the UK

Channel 4, with support from deltatre, was at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre in Russia to broadcast the history making Super-G event to TV and mobile device users in the UK

C4 and deltatre

Digital audiences are enjoying sports media and technology leader deltatre’s host of digital products and editorial services to augment Channel 4’s Paralympic broadcasts with in-depth, multi-platform coverage.

James Rutherford, commissioning editor for Channel 4, said, “I’m excited  to reunite the core team that was assembled two years ago for London 2012 allowing us to offer UK audiences first–class digital coverage from Sochi.”

The fact that deltatre designed and built C4’s Sochi 2014 website paralympics.channel4.com compliments the fact that deltatre is also providing Channel 4 with a suite of sports tech services to enhance the broadcaster’s biggest ever TV commitment to Winter Paralympics.

By integrating deltatre’s live sport services such as real-time results data delivery, live video streaming and highlight clip production, with it’s award-winning products including the Diva video player and LiveBlogging tool, deltatre is supporting Channel 4 to bring audiences an additional 100 hours of live digital sporting coverage.

Channel 4’s first-class television programming from Sochi also features additional deltatre editorial and social media coverage. Focusing on digital platforms, deltatre’s expert team of commentators, journalists, live bloggers, producers and editors are entertaining online audiences with insightful competition analysis and behind the scenes stories, photos and videos from around the Games.

I like that deltatre’s digital editorial team is setting a sport business model by enhancing not only Channel 4’s TV coverage but also contributing to the programming with onscreen social media integration of trending Twitter topics and comments by athletes, public figures and the community.

Reflecting on the association, Steve Boulton, deltatre’s creative director, said, “Bringing the achievements of these great athletes to the country has been exceptionally rewarding for us and for the ParalympicGB team to win their first–ever winter gold is fantastic. As Deltatre continues to grow our editorial service offering, the success we’ve had with C4 during the Paralympics serves as a model of what can be accomplished.

Awards

The Sochi 2014 Games are the second Paralympics on which deltatre and Channel 4 have collaborated. In recognition of their coverage excellence during the London Games, the team was presented the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Digital Creativity in 2013.

UK Paralympics Gold Medalists Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans

Ever since the Paralympics debuted at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, sports tech has been right alongside helping to even the playing field. The adaptive sports racers follow right behind race guides hoping to see what they can of the colorful bibs over there catsuits as they pick up speed down the mountain while communicating on Bluetooth radio headsets. The radio headsets are used to transmit audio, instructions and directions.

According to the Independent, Gallagher never imagined she could ever ski herself since she has a form of albinism. Her favorite toy as a girl was a skiing Barbie. Kelly picked up inline skating as a youth, not knowing that the childhood commitment she made to sports would eventually earn her a trip to the Olympic podium while never using a white cane along the way to get there. During a holiday trip with family to France, Gallagher asserted her gold medal will during her first ski lesson at Andorra.

Because of her courage and love of sport, Winter Paralympics history for Britain was made with the help of Sports Techie guide and best friend, Charlotte Evans, and their headset. The pairs Olympic dream became reality thanks in part to sports technology captured beautifully by C4 and deltatre.

Simon Usborne talks in the video ink to Kelly, the first Briton to win a Winter Paralympics gold, and charts the remarkable story of the visually-impaired skier, via the Independent. http://bcove.me/3v3tx6vl

“It means so much,” said Gallagher shortly after her medal ceremony. “We were clocked in training at 104kmh [65mph]. When you think I wouldn’t sit on a car bonnet going that fast, the idea that I’m doing it in a catsuit with only a back protector is a really special thing.”

About deltatre:

There is a way to make sport events come to life for audiences everywhere. Using innovative technology, creativity and total commitment, the people at deltatre do exactly that.

With staff in Torino, London, Manchester, Lausanne, Paris, Munich, New York, Portland, Sydney, Miami and Mumbai, deltatre has over 25 years’ experience at the highest level of international sport. Always striving for the next level of interaction, we consider the future of global sport engagement to be multi-platform and social.

Today, the greatest sport events on earth are more immersive, collaborative, and inclusive thanks to our cutting edge technologies. Sport fans become an active part of the event, connecting socially and sharing their passion, wherever they are. By harnessing our experience, technical skills and passion for sport, we are always one step ahead. www.deltatre.com or contact: sales@deltatre.com Follow us on Twitter: @deltatre

Sports Techie, Covering the focused support on high-performance Paralympic sports broadcasting by Deltatre and C4 makes their collaboration on the Sochi 2014 Paralympics something I truly looked forward to. Bravo to Kelly for mastering the Super-G ski course as if she had no visual impairment, something seen on Channel 4 while powered by deltatre technology and content. In order to be a Paralympian for TeamGB, TeamUSA or any other country, your financial support is needed.

The Independent reported that James Redpath is an adaptive skiing instructor and administrator at the British Disabled Ski Team, which is managed by Disability Snowsport UK. Redpath hopes success in Sochi will trigger greater awareness and funding. “We basically run the team on a shoestring,” he says. “We only have two full-time members of staff… If we are going to progress it’s very important that this changes.”

The Paralympic sports movement in Ireland, the UK and elsewhere across Europe has never been more popular with participating nations, athletes and fans. As a result, sponsors have committed to this fast-growing event in both the summer and winter. Sochi Paralympics television coverage has set records for number of hours here in the U.S. on the NBC Sports Network. All this means to expect even more epic and historical Paralympic moments integrated with innovative sports technology while being captured by the team of deltatre and C4 for British audiences worldwide.

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