Saturday, August 6, 2011

London 2012 Olympics - - Mother of Britain's Andy Turner in Pressure for Her Son's Olympics Dreams

Golden moment: Britain's Andy Turner produces the goods when it matters to capture the gold medal in the 100m hurdles in Barcelona
The mother of double Olympian Andy Turner says she still feels the pressure on race day despite having watched her son compete for 20 years.

Turner, 30, from Hucknall, won his first major titles in 2010, clinching European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles gold medals.

He has represented Team GB at the last two Olympics and hopes to be at the London 2012 party.

Yvonne Turner and her husband have supported their son, with both time and money, since he joined Notts Athletic Club at the age of nine.

She said she was "the proudest person ever" but finds watching the big races difficult.

"The pressure for me and Andy's dad is enormous. I get nervous and quite distressed," she said.

Yvonne said Andy loved sport from an early age and started to show promise as an athlete, aged seven, at school sports days.

"He used to win quite a lot and it got to the stage where people didn't want to race him," she said.

After joining Notts Athletic Club his parents' time was spent ferrying him from one event to another.

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