Cheer on Bracknell's Olympic starsBy Hugh Fort
July 27, 2012
All eyes will be on the pool as Bracknell swimmer Andrew Willis and Ascot’s synchronised swimming sisters Jenna and Asha Randall take to the water to try to realise their Olympic dreams.
Ascot-born judoka Euan Barton will also be hoping to improving on his performance in Beijing, dressage rider Sophie Christiansen will compete in her third Paralympic Games and Amanda Parker, of Edgbarrow Trampolining Club, is hoping for a chance as first reserve.
Andrew, who is a member of Bracknell and Wokingham Swimming Club, will take part in the 200m Breaststroke at the specially designed Aquatics Centre on Tuesday, July 31.
Andrew has been in fine form this season and is the current British 200m Breaststroke champion, recording the third fastest time in the event this year.
The 22-year-old faces a tough field as to take gold he will have to beat the Japanese stars Kosuke Kitajima and Naoya Tomita.
Jenna, 23, and Asha, 22, from Ascot, are members of the Rushmoor Synchro Club, which trains in Aldershot and Farnborough.
London is Jenna’s second games and she and her partner Olivia Federici, 22, will compete in the duet event. They finished 14th in the Beijing Games in 2008.
The event will be Asha’s first games.
Amanda, 26, narrowly missed out on being Team GB’s only trampolining representative after a fierce competition with Kat Driscoll.
She will have the chance to compete if Kat is injured or ill.
She is on a training camp with the Crowthorne-based trampolining club, but Jane Overman of the Edgbarrow club said Amanda was pleased to be selected as back-up.
She said: “She was really delighted with how it went, even though she missed out.
“She was in about fifth place in the selection process, but then produced some amazing performances to get up to second, but just missed out.”
Ascot-born Scotsman Euan is part of the Team GB judo team.
The 32-year-old is now based in Edinburgh and finished seventh in the Beijing events.
Ascot also has a very successful Paralympian, dressage rider, Sophie Christiansen, who has cerebral palsy.
The 25-year-old competed in her first games aged just 16 in Athens in 2004 and has won two gold medals in dressage.