Lagardère Unlimited sign’s sailing Gold medalist hopefuls and Recent World Champions Annie Lush, Katie and Lucy Macgregor

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Paris, November 8, 2010

Lagardère Unlimited, sport industry and entertainment company of the Lagardère Group, has today made its first move into the world of professional sailing by signing #1 boat in the world Annie Lush, Katie and Lucy Macgregor.

British racing trio Annie Lush, Katie and Lucy Macgregor are three of the brightest prospects to have emerged from the sailing world scene in recent years and having just won the World Championships last month are on course to be competing for the Gold medal in the Olympics in 2012 in the UK.

Sailing 2012 hopeful Lucy Macgregor added her name to the history books by becoming the first British skipper to win the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship in its 12-year history. The 23-year-old and her crew of Annie Lush, younger sister Kate Macgregor were crowned World Champions in September. They also won the Gold medal in the World Cup Series in 2009 and bronze in 2010.
They are all individually talented and have racked up countless awards and medals over the years with Annie Lush being a double Matchracing World champion in 2004 and 2005. Lucy Macgregor having won a gold in the European Championships in 2007/8 and silver in 2010 and her youngster sister Kate having won a gold medal in the youth Olympics in 2008.

“We are delighted to be representing Annie Lush, Kate and Lucy Macgregor and welcome them to our already established portfolio of Olympic athletes at Lagardère Unlimited. It’s a great honour to be working with such remarkable individuals” said Lawrence Frankopan, President of Lagardère Unlimited UK. This crew of world champions are widely regarded as the next boat to win gold at the next Olympics and we look forward to strategically developing their profile across the UK and potential across global markets.”

Arnaud Lagardère said “Annie, Katie and Lucy are undoubtedly one of the most successful boats to emerge from the UK in recent years, as well as being a great sailors they also have a great personalities and charisma. We are delighted that he has selected Lagardere Unlimited to represent them around the world and look forward to being part of their team.” Annie Lush “We are delighted to have joined Lagardere Unlimited. They are a global company and we believe they are well positioned to help us to capitalise on our recent success. It will be great to be able to leave our marketing interests in their capable hands and for us to solely focus on the job in hand which is trying to win at the next Olympics in 2012”.

Press contact :

Luthna Plocus - Head of Communication and External Relations - + 33 1 40 69 16 66 - lplocus@lagardere-unlimited.fr  

Among its businesses, the talent management business unit of the Lagardère group, Lagardère Unlimited, representing some of the world's best athletes in Sports and Entertainment, including Tennis, Football, Basketball, Rugby, Mixed Martial Arts, Fencing, Track and Field, Swimming, Motorsports, Cricket, Golf, Coaches, Living Legends and Entertainment.
Lagardère Unlimited also works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, and sports properties for sales/sponsorship opportunities. The company operates worldwide with offices in NY, LA, Miami, Paris, Singapore. Currently, Lagardère Unlimited represents some of the best sporting clients around the globe; including Andy Roddick, Magic Johnson, John Wall, Dwight Howard, Randy Moss, Sachin Tendulkar, Joakim Noah, Gaël Monfils and Justine Henin.

Lagardère is a pure media group (books, press, broadcast, digital, travel retail and press distribution, sport industry and entertainment), and is among the world leaders in the sector. Lagardère shares are listed on Euronext Paris (Compartment A).

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