‘Thanks for home support’ — Olympian Andy Turner

THE Olympic Games finally came and went. For those people who were unfortunate not to obtain tickets, I’m very sorry, you did miss out on the most wonderful spectacle I have ever been to.

The stadium was almost filled to capacity in the morning for the heats of the races, and the audience enthusiastically clapped athletes of all nations.

Such a wonderful sporting spirit amongst people who really appreciated the elite athletes who were competing.

Everyone we met was having a great time, and the friendship was palpable.

To those people, the people of Great Britain, and especially the people from our home town of Hucknall, on behalf of our son, Andy Turner, I would like to thank you for all the support he has received throughout this year, and during his whole career.

Alas, he didn’t achieve an Olympic medal, and got through to the semi-finals, where he came fourth due to a slow start off the blocks (He missed the final by eight hundredths of a second, that’s about six inches to you and I).

But, we are extremely proud of him, and he will be continuing his career until “his body packs in” (his words!).

Being an Olympian means being the very best an athlete can be, and Andy has achieved so much, and the people of Hucknall have always been supportive.

I would also like to thank our MP, Mark Spencer (Con), who kindly sent support messages, along with other Conservative members. All comments were sent to Andy, and, as he is still competing abroad at the moment, he has asked me to say thankyou on his behalf.

The Olympics achieved so much for our country. The legacy it leaves must ensure that the next generation is inspired to take part in competitive sports. The young people of today would do well to take a leaf out of Andy’s book and take part in ANY sport.

The life to being an Olympian is far from easy. But, with hard work, dedication, and commitment, let’s see Hucknall produce more stars of the future. It has to start in the schools.

Let’s wait and see who has been inspired.

YVONNE TURNER,

(mum of Olympian Andy Turner),

Nottingham Road,

Hucknall.