Olympic Inspirations – East Riding Links

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LONDON 2012 has certainly caught the imagination of people!

Hull’s Luke Campbell (in red)

Thousands of people, even those who normally don’t ‘like’ sport, are watching on TV or on the Internet.

The BBC are providing 2,500 hours of viewing! 35 million people visited the BBC Sport website in week one – Bradley Wiggins cycle Gold medal-winning race alone got 729,000 views. There have been 1.7 million BBC iPlayer views of the Opening Ceremony and 9.66 million Tweets about it – surpassing Beijing’s total in 24 hours! Thanks to GO-ON Digital Champions for these snippets of info!

Readers of HU12 Online have been interested in our Olympics 2012 coverage, so we are completing the information about the 17 Olympians who came from the East Riding (our previous story concentrated on medal winners).

This is the complete list of the Olympians who started their careers in the East Riding – it includes our own Karen Inman who as Karen Briggs brought Judo to the attention of a whole new generation in 1992. Karen – who lives in Paull – inspired people in the same way that Hull bantamweight boxer Hullympian Luke Campbell is doing today! Her own Olympic hopes were shattered in 1992 after a dislocated shoulder prevented her from going for gold in Barcelona. She was later awarded an MBE for her services to the sport.

THE EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE has produced 17 Olympians between 1896 and 2008 – information from the Join In website: Where they Started:

  • Ryan Birch from Kingston upon Hull competed in Judo in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics
  • Ernest Blake from Kingston upon Hull competed in Water Polo in the 1936 Olympics
  • Alec Bonnett from Watton competed in Shooting in the 1968 Olympics
  • Karen Briggs from Kingston upon Hull competed in Judo in the 1992 Olympics

    Karen Inman (nee Briggs) as Torch Bearer

  • Gillian Brown from Goole competed in Hockey in the 1988 Olympics
  • Jacqueline Brown from Kingston upon Hull competed in Swimming in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics
  • Noel Duckworth from Goole competed in Rowing in the 1936 Olympics
  • Michael Farrell from Sculcoates competed in Athletics in the 1956 Olympics
  • Jack Hale from Kingston upon Hull competed in Swimming in the 1948 Olympics
  • Bill Holmes from Kingston upon Hull competed in Cycling in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics
  • Thelma Hopkins from Kingston upon Hull competed in Athletics in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics
  • John Kirk from Kingston upon Hull competed in Cycling in the 1912 Olympics
  • Con O’Kelly, Jr. from Kingston upon Hull competed in Boxing in the 1924 Olympics
  • Walter Padgett from Kingston upon Hull competed in Shooting in the 1908 Olympics
  • Sharon Rendle from Kingston upon Hull competed in Judo in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics
  • Dave Smith from Kingston upon Hull competed in Athletics in the 1988 Olympics
  • Harvey Wood from Beverley competed in Hockey in the 1908 Olympics

Another interesting snippet of local Olympic news is revealed on the Paull Village Hall website:

“Those watching the Olympics may have notice the wind turbines at the Olympic Park, they are identical to the one we are seeking to install and supplied to the Olympic Park by the same people who have quoted ourselves.”  Paul Cross

And there’s a link to Hedon contained in the story about Olympic Gold Medal winner Latvian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte. Her coach was ex-Hedon resident Jon Rudd!

And finally… the Editor of HU12 Online has won a prize for getting the closest guess to the number of Gold Medals to be won by Team GB. The guess of 24 Gold Medals and 67 Medals in total seemed wildly optimistic two weeks ago as he entered the Paul’s Barber Shop competition on Facebook – but today the Medals Total for Team GB stands at Gold 25, Silver 15, Bronze 17, that’s 57 in total!

Don’t you just love the Olympics! What will we do when the Games end!?

About the Author

Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (photo by Neil Holmes) is a former community development manager but now describes himself as a beat-blogger or citizen-journalist. Ray lives in Hedon and also edits the Hedon Blog and is the Hedon correspondent for the Holderness Gazette.

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