Vale’s fantastic five join the Olympic gold rush

Aylesbury Vale's Olympic five
Aylesbury Vale's Olympic five

The time has come and London is calling for Aylesbury Vale’s Olympians as the hugely

anticipated 2012 Olympic Games finally gets under way this week.

Swimmer Craig Gibbons, womens football star Ellen White, marathon runner Anuradha Cooray, rower Andrew Triggs-Hodge and martial artist Lewis Keeble will all be staking their claims for a place in Olympic history.

Arsenal, England and now Team GB striker White quite literally kicked things off for the Vale’s Olympians when she came on as a sub against New Zealand in a historic fixture on Wednesday.

The match took place two days before the opening ceremony on Friday and effectively began the Games for Team GB.

White told The Bucks Herald she was ‘buzzing and excited to be taking part’ and admitted: “This is crazy.”

Meanwhile, popular Greggs, Aylesbury, worker Cooray – who is a Vale of Aylesbury Athletics Club member – will be going into his marathon effort on August 12 in good form after smashing his own record at the Risborough 10k earlier this month.

The Sri Lankan father-of-two, who lives in Wycombe and runs 17 miles to work as part of his daily training regime, has vowed to run his best ever time in London in a bid for Olympic gold, saying: “I know I can run even better times. I will make sure I pace myself better than ever.”

Aylesbury swimmer Craig Gibbons will hope to make some waves when he takes his place in Team GB’s 4x100m freestyle relay swimming team alongside former Maxwell Swim Club teammate Simon Burnett on Sunday.

Aylesbury-born rower Andrew Triggs-Hodge says GB’s men’s four have done ‘everything they can to prepare for the biggest race of their lives’.

And RAF Halton gunner Keeble will hope he gets some action as he sits in reserve for Team GB’s judo squad.