Eagle Radio's Road to the Games

Local Olympians

With the Olympic Games coming to the United Kingdom for the first time in over 60 years in 2012, it's hoped many home-grown athletes will win medals.

Surrey and North East Hampshire look set to be well represented.

We won't know exactly how many local stars will appear at the Games until the final squads are announced, but it is clear that both our counties will have a presence in London.

As we move ever closer to the Games we are meeting some of the local athletes hoping to make it, learning more about them, their sport and their ambitions.

Keep checking back for new additions.

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Local Talent Selected for Team GB

A number of local sportsmen and women have been selected to represent Team GB at the London Olympics.

Our handy list shows you who to keep an eye on during the Games.

We have 32 local stars representing Team GB

Canoeing

Name: Rachel Cawthorn

Local connection: Born in Guildford

 

Name: Louisa Sawers

D.O.B: 26/08/1988

Local connection: Born in Walton-on-Thames

 

Name: Liam Heath

D.O.B: 17/08/1984

Local connection: Born in Guildford

 

Name: Tim Brabants

D.O.B: 23/01/1977

Local connection: Born in Walton-on-Thames

Athletics

Name: James Dasaolu
Event: 100m and 4x100m
Age: 24
Local connection: He was born in Croydon



Name: Martyn Rooney
Event: 400m and 4x400m
Age: 25
Local connection: Born in Croydon



Name: Lawrence Okoye
Event: Discus
Age: 20
Local connection: Born and lives in Croydon



Name: Julia Bleasdale
Event: 5000m and 10,000m
Age: 30
Local connection: Lives in Surrey

Paralympics

Surrey and Hampshire will be well represented at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Find out who is representing our two counties below.

We have 9 local stars representing Team GB

Shooting

Name: Mandy Pankhurst

D.O.B: 20/01/1962

Local connection: Lives in Ash

 

Name: Di Coates

D.O.B: 23/05/1954

Local connection: Lives in Yateley

 

Name: Nathan Milgate

D.O.B: 10/05/1987

Local connection: Lives in Fleet

Nathon Burns - Judo olympic judo nathon burns

Discipline: Judo

Age: 22

Lives in: Camberley, Surrey

Career Highlights: Wining the British Open in 2011.

Nathon Burns is hoping to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games in London in 2012.

He is just one place off going to the Games.

His aim is to win Britain's first ever Olympic gold medal for judo.

Our reporter Anthony Zahra went to meet him.

 

Mandy Pankhurst - Paralympic ShootingOlympic Shooting2

Discipline: 10 metre Target Rifle Shooting

Age: 49

Lives in: Ash, Surrey

Career Highlights: Team bronze at the World Championships in 2010

Mandy Pankhurst is hoping to represent Team GB at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.

But her journey to this stage has not been easy.

She had never even touched a gun prior to an accident she had seven years ago, which left her paralysed.

Now she's number two in the country in her discipline and has every chance of winning a medal in 2012.

Our reporter Anthony Zahra went to meet her.

Kieran Behan Olympics 1Kieran Behan - Gymnastics

Discipline: Men's Artistic Gymnastics

Age: 22

Based at: Tolworth Gymnastics Club

Career Highlights: Being ranked 9th in the world on the floor

Kieran Behan is hoping to represent Ireland at the London Olympics.

Now training out of Tolworth, he's previously trained at the Woking Gymnastics Club and went to Weybridge College.

The young star has had anything but an easy ride to where he is now.

Before reaching the age of 17, Kieran was twice told by doctors he would never walk again.

Our reporter Anthony Zahra went to meet him.

 

Emma Pallant - Middle-distance Runner

Discipline: Middle-distance running

Age: 22

Based at: Aldershot Athletics Club

Career Highlights: Winning bronze in the European under-23 Cross Country in 2010.

Winning bronze in the 1,500 metres at the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2008.

Emma talks about how the London Games can inspire a generation, her mentor Dame Kelly Holmes and the importance of sport in schools:

 


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