County’s proud Olympian legacy

Geoff Capes in his heyday ANL-150616-120242001
Geoff Capes in his heyday ANL-150616-120242001

When it comes to sporting talent, Lincolnshire has produced some top class athletes – many of whom will be taking to the world stage this summer when Rio de Janeiro hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In celebration of this forthcoming summer of sport, we’ve taken a trip down Memory Lane to recap on the success of previous Lincolnshire Olympians and Paralympians.

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Geoff Capes : Three time Olympian Capes, who was born in Holbeach, represented Great Britain in the shot put in the 1972 Games where he failed to make it past the qualifying stages. He went on to finish sixth four years later, and in 1980 finished fifth in the final. Capes won both the Commonwealth and European titles twice and went on to become the World’s Strongest Man twice.

• Stuart Storey: A familiar voice from the commentary box, Storey was born in Louth and grew up in Holbeach. A qualified PE and maths teacher, he represented Great Britain at the 1968 Mexico Olympics and the 1970 Commonwealth Games in the 110m hurdles. He also held the British record for the 200m hurdles.

• Lizzie Simmonds: The backstroke specialist attended secondary school in Lincoln and trained with the Vulcans Swimming Club. She competed at the 2008 summer games in Beijing, in the 100m and 200m backstroke – where she finished sixth in the latter. At London 2012 she finished fourth in the same event.

• Rob Welbourn: He began his swimming career with Deeping Swimming Club, competed at both the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics, where he won gold medals in the 4x100 metre freestyle relay and silver medals in the 400 metre freestyle (S10) events. At London 2012 he won bronze in the 400m freestyle.

Stuart Storey pictured at the time of the 2012 Olympics.

Stuart Storey pictured at the time of the 2012 Olympics.

Georgie Twigg, of Lincoln and Boston’s Crista Cullen, both won hockey bronze medals with team GB at the 2012 games.

• Julie Hollman: She competed in the heptathlon at the 2008 Beijing Games after the Deepings athlete was drafted in to replace an injured Jessica Ennis.

• Sophie Allen, from Lincoln, swam in the 2012 London Games in the 200 metre individual medley. She won a silver medal in that same event during the 2012 European Aquatics Championships.

•Jade Etherington, of Bourne, won silver in the women’s downhill skiing, combined and slalom, and bronze medals in the Super-G at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi with her sighted guide Caroline Powell. This feat made them the most successful female British winter Paralympians of all time, and the first Britons to win four medals at one Games. Because of her success, Etherington, who has only five per cent vision in both eyes, was the British flagbearer during the closing ceremony.

• Holbeach Paralympian Sally Reddin competed mainly in category F54 shot putt events. At the 1996 Paralympics she competed in the shot putt and javelin, and four years later won gold in the shot putt competition. She was unable to regain her title in 2008, finishing fourth.