Wells family hoping for Olympic glory
By Wells_Jaqui | Thursday, July 26, 2012, 12:12
What is even more exciting than cheering on a British athlete in the Olympics? How about cheering on a British athlete who also happens to be your son?
Richard Hounslow with the rest of the British canoe slalom team
This is the thrilling position a proud family from Westbury-sub-Mendip find themselves in, eagerly awaiting the official launch of the 2012 Olympics tomorrow and the opportunity of a lifetime for son Richard Hounslow to prove his talent in the canoe slalom.
Richard suffered a crushing blow and almost quit canoeing after the disappointment of missing out on a Team GB place for the 2008 Olympic Games.
But four years on, he is flying the British flag at London 2012.
Mum Anne described the nail-biting route to the Olympics the family have travelled: "Richard almost gave up and joined the Army after missing out narrowly at selection to compete at the Beijing Olympics.
"But following a change in rules allowing athletes to compete in more than one class he was asked by David Florence, who was a silver medallist at men's single canoeing in Beijing, if he wanted to give men's double canoeing a try.
"He took up the challenge and following a successful selection race at Lee Valley, the Olympic Slalom site, is competing in both categories.
"As a parent words cannot describe the pleasure of his success, to see him reach his lifetime ambition and we can't wait to be there supporting him."
Richard Hounslow has won four medals at the International Canoe Federation Canoe Slalom World Championships, one silver and three bronzes, and six medals at the European Championships, two gold, one silver and also three bronzes.
You can join other Wells and Westbury-Sub-Mendip Olympics fans shouting at the telly for Richard just two days into the Olympics, on Sunday, July 29, from 1.30pm for the men's canoe single heats and the following day for the men's canoe double heats from 1.30pm.
The canoe single medal events will be held on Tuesday, July 31, with the semi-finals at 1.30pm and the final at 3.06pm. The canoe double semis will be on Thursday, August 2 - the semis are at 1.30pm and the finals at 3.18pm.
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Photo courtesy of Metro.co.uk