The children of a Hucknall-based barber are proving to be a cut above the rest in the sporting arena.
Pete Caine (38) runs the popular Hair’z’ Pete shop on Robin Hood Drive.
But unlike most barber’s salons, the chat in the chairs is not restricted to where you’re are going for your holidays this year.
Instead customers find themselves talking about the exploits of sporting siblings Owen Caine (12), who is right on cue at the pool table, and Bethany Caine (13), who is bouncing high in gymnastics and trampolining.
Owen started playing pool two years ago at the Spot-On Club in Hucknall town centre -- and according to his dad, “he showed a real talent for it straight away”.
“We then took him to the Phoenix Cue Sports venue in Eastwood, and after his first week, they asked him to sign up for the county team,” said Pete. “He left it for a year, but he made his debut for the Notts junior team last November and has now won three of his four matches.”
Owen is one of the youngest players in the 16-strong squad, which is for under-18s and takes on fellow county sides from across the country, playing their home games at the Eastwood club.
“He practises twice a week and if he accrues enough points by the end of the season to finish among the top seven juniors in the region, he will get automatic qualification for England trials,” added Pete. “It is some achievement. He has done excellently well inside only two years.”
Meanwhile Bethany is making similarly impressive improvement in her sporting field. As a member for the last six years of the Phoenixwood Gymnastics Club, which is also based in Eastwood, she has won several medals in local competitions. But it is as a trampolinist that she looks set to gain her best successes.
A year ago, she joined the Night Flyers Trampoline Club at the Mellish Sports Centre in Bulwell -- and instantly, she proved to be a natural, winning gold medals in all five competitions she has entered.
In her latest contest, she beat 18 other girls and will now represent the East Midlands at her level in regional finals at Peterborough in May. If she finishes in the top eight, she will progress to the national finals at Telford later in the year.
“She has done phenomenally well,” said Pete. “She loves gymnastics as much as trampolining, but what she really wants to be is a coach or a PE teacher. She will do her coaching badges when she’s 14.”
No wonder Pete and his 39-year-old wife Rachel are beaming with pride at the family home on Rushcliffe Road in Hucknall. “Both Owen and Bethany are quite grounded, so I don’t think they realise how far they have come in such a short space of time,” added Pete. “We are exceptionally proud. They are sure to get even better!”