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Surrey Olympians 2008

PUBLISHED: 19:23 09 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:23 20 February 2013

Team GB has a fantastic games in Beijing and there are a number of Surrey athletes who have been part of that success

Team GB has a fantastic games in Beijing and there are a number of Surrey athletes who have been part of that success

From cycling sensation Rebecca Romero to Molesey Boat Club's Andy Triggs-Hodge in the men's coxless four, Surrey has had some fantastic success in Beijing. Here we reveal some of Surrey's other Olympians...



Words by Matthew Williams




If you're an avid sports fan like me, you'll have spent the last couple of weeks glued to the goggle box watching the Beijing Olympics unfold and Great Britain assault the top of the medals table. Here we take a look at a few of the Surrey athletes who have left their mark on the Games...



Jenna Randall (synchonised swimming)
19-year old Camberley resident Jenna Randall made her Olympic debut alongside Olivia Allison in the synchronised swimming duet competition. The pair failed to make a dent on the medals table but the experience will no doubt be valuable for London 2012.

Rebecca Romero (cycling)
Carshalton born Rebecca Romero won gold in the individual pursuit as Team GB continued to storm around the Velodrome collecting gold medals like they were going out of fashion.

Andrew Simpson (sailing)
Chertsey-born sailor Andrew Simpson teamed up with Sydney 2000 gold medallist, Iain Percy, in the men's Star keelboat class. They came back from two points behind in the final race to take gold and make the Beijing Olympics Britain's most successful ever regatta.

Anna Hemmings (canoeing)
Unfortunately, there was disappointment for hotly tipped Elmbridge Canoe Club member and former pupil of Royal Holloway, Anna Hemmings as she failed to medal in the K2 500m flatwater with partner Jessica Walker.

Joe Glanfield (sailing)
Following his success in Beijing, Sutton born, Joe Glanfield has now picked up silver medals in two consecutive Olympics with partner Nick Rogers, in the men's 470 sailing class.

Surbiton Hockey Club (hockey...)
Six members of the Long Ditton-based Surbiton Hockey Club represented Team GB in Beijing: James Tindall, Ben Hawes, Rob Moore, Matt Daly, Richard Alexander and Ben Marsden. Despite a draw against the world number ones and reigning Olympic Champions Australia in their final pool match and strong performances throughout, they were unable to medal.

Andy Triggs-Hodge (rowing)
Molesey Boat Club's Andy Triggs-Hodge was part of the coxless four who tore past Australia to clinch gold in the rowing.

Tim Brabants (canoeing)
Chertsey born Tim Brabants, who lives in Walton-on-Thames, won gold in the K1 1000m flatwater class at Beijing and was narrowly beaten into bronze in the K1 500m flatwater.

Sarah Webb (sailing)
Weybridge resident Sarah Webb repeated her success as part of the Three Blondes in a Boat team from Athens, by once again winning gold in Beijing in the Yngling (for the uninitiated: a discipline of sailing sometimes known as keelboat).

Following their exertions in Beijing, and having been met at Heathrow by Gordon Brown, the athletes of Team GB were reunited with friends and family at Runnymede Hotel.





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If you know any of the Surrey Olympians, have any tips for London 2012 or have just enjoyed watching this year's Olympics as much as we have, let us know you views on the Surrey Life forum.








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