Olympic splashdown! Super Si goes for gold

Former Lord Williams's pupil Simon Burnett
Former Lord Williams's pupil Simon Burnett

After all the hype and countdowns, the Olympics finally officially bursts into life on Friday and one Thame man will going to great lengths to bring home a medal.

Thame Swimming Club patron and former Lord Williams’s pupil Simon Burnett will write himself into the history books by representing Team GB’s 4x100m freestyle relay team at a home games on Sunday.

Speaking on social networking site Twitter ahead of the action, Burnett – who competed at the 2008 Beijing Games – was clearly excited.

“I have to say (though I am a bit biased) that this is the best (Olympic) village I’ve ever been in!” he said.

“The village is really awesome and the weather has come around just in time.”

The British 100m and 200m record holder, who has lived in both Chinnor and Tetsworth, won a scholarship at the University of Arizona, USA, in 2003, where he now trains. But on his regular trips back to Thame, Burnett always visits the swim club to talk to its members and help out with training sessions.