October 13 2021
LSH Auto colleagues have received a surprise visit from Olympic medal winner Bianca Walkden.
The Olympic medalist and Taekwondo triple World Champion has been an ambassador for LSH Auto since March 2021 and last week, took time out from her busy training schedule to visit its Mercedes-Benz dealerships across the North West and the Midlands.
Having recently represented Great Britain in Taekwondo at the Tokyo Olympics, Bianca secured a podium place, winning a Bronze Medal. The win complemented an impressive collection of medals and titles including a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics, three European Championship titles and three times World Grand Prix Final champion in her division.
Martyn Webb, Managing Director LSH Auto, said: “Bianca is a truly inspirational individual and the best in her field - an ideal motivator for our colleagues. She’s also a lovely person, so it was an absolute pleasure to introduce her to both our colleagues and customers. Her tour created a real buzz and put a spring in everybody’s step.”
The tour of six dealerships began at Mercedes-Benz of Tamworth where Bianca met colleagues and customers, posing for photographs with her Olympic medals before moving on to Mercedes-Benz of Solihull and Mercedes-Benz of Erdington. The following day Bianca visited Mercedes-Benz of Whitefield, Mercedes-Benz of Macclesfield and Mercedes-Benz of Stockport.
LSH Auto customer, Saeeda Hussain, who met Bianca when she was collecting her new Mercedes-Benz said: “I was lucky enough to meet Bianca at Mercedes-Benz of Whitefield. Inspirational, wonderful person. Thank you, Tom, General Manager, and Mo, you guys made my new car collection a day I will always remember.”
The team added a competitive element to the tour, using a virtual reality headset and a game designed to test reaction times. Bianca laid down a target score of 71 points on the Rezzil VR machine for LSH Auto colleagues to try to beat.
On the last stop of the first day, handover experience partner, Harvey Cartwright, achieved the highest LSH Auto colleague score with 67 points, winning a trip to visit GB Taekwondo’s national centre in Manchester. The next day, in Whitefield, Mason Mcaulay, site maintenance technician, equalled Harvey’s high score and will be joining him for the prize visit later this month/next month.
Bianca Walkden said: “I was really impressed with Harvey and Mason’s scores. They both have pretty quick reactions. Maybe we’ll get them interested in taking up Taekwondo after their visit!”
Martyn Webb, Managing Director LSH Auto, said: “We would like to thank Bianca for taking the time to meet our colleagues and customers last week and for making the whole experience so enjoyable for everybody. We look forward to continuing to support her as she trains for the next Olympic Games in Paris.”