Olympic hero meets inspired youngsters at David Lloyd Hampton


Team GB rower James Foad, who won a bronze medal as part of the men’s eight rowing crew, thrilled youngsters on Sunday.


By Lewis Garfield

Team GB rowing hero James Foad greeted youngsters on Sunday as he looked to inspire the next generation at the David Lloyd Hampton.

James, 25, nicknamed by team mates as Mr Dependable, won a bronze medal as part of the men’s eight rowing crew in what was a very successful games for British athletes.

The youthful crowds grasped the chance to meet a true Olympian, and even got the opportunity to hold the bronze medal worn proudly around his neck.

James, who trains regularly at the club in Staines Road, expressed how proud he was to have been part of the London 2012 experience, and hopes it will encourage a new generation to take up a sport.

“It was wonderful meeting so many children at David Lloyd Hampton whom I think have been really inspired by these Olympic and Paralympics, and it was amazing to witness their genuine excitement at being able to touch an Olympic medal.”

The club’s General Manager, Sue Moss, said: “I have never seen so many excited faces. We are incredibly proud to have James at David Lloyd Hampton.”

She added: “James’s visit was the icing on the cake for everyone at the club who has been caught up in the spirit of the Games.”

Through the British Olympic Association’s Passport Scheme James and numerous other athletes have been given full access to David Lloyd Leisure clubs as part of its Team Family initiative.

The two times World Championship silver medallist, was one of 36 David Lloyd athletes selected for Team GB and Paralympic GB, and with nearly a third of those athletes going on to win a medal, it’s no wonder he feels indebted to their backing and facilities.

“I would like to thank David Lloyd Hampton for all the support they have given me, especially during last winter when I used the club for most of my rehabilitation for my recurring back injury.” 

He added: “I’ll be spending a lot of time there now as part of my recovery from surgery and hope to get back to peak condition as soon as possible.”

James now eagerly awaits surgery to repair two bulging back discs as he seeks to find the form that won him his first Olympic medal.

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