Helping Olympic hopefuls to train around the clock
A PROPERTY firm is lending a helping hand to a hammer squad as they prepare for the Olympics.
South Cave property development company The Horncastle Group is extending its offer of an empty unit at St John's Business Park to Hull Hammer Squad for its pre-Olympic training.
Unit 4 at St John's, off Southcoates Lane, east Hull, is now the indoor training space for Hull Hammer Squad, giving them somewhere to train, come rain or shine.
Hull Hammer Squad is run by Dave Smith and Shane Peacock, training partners in the 1980s.
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Dave won the gold medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, silver at the 1990 Games and competed at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Shane also represented England in the 1990 Games in Auckland.
The pair are leading their team, including Dave's eldest son Alex, who is now preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
With the hammer-throwing season about to start, Olympic hopeful Alex is training morning, noon and night to qualify for the world's most sporting event.
Alex, 24, is an electrician by trade and has to fit training around his day job.
He said: "With the Olympic Torch now making its way around the country, and with it soon to be passing through Hull, the excitement has never been as high.
"Horncastle's support has been fantastic and having the unit to train in when needed is invaluable, particularly due to its fantastic location and large open space."
Ian Hodges, managing director of The Horncastle Group, said: "We believe in giving back to the community and in innovative use of spaces and our support of Alex and the team does both.
"The local area is brimming with exceptional talent and it's an honour to be able to help the local hammer squad and Alex's attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
"We aim to build and refurbish properties to create high-quality developments which help improve the local area not only aesthetically, but also economically.
"Unit 4 at St John's has given us the perfect opportunity to utilise one of our warehouses in addition to supporting young, local, talented sportspeople.
"We are proud to work in Hull and the East Riding and wish Hull-born Alex the very best of luck in attempting to qualify for the Games."