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Jonty Clarke makes Olympic cut
JONTY Clarke has expressed his delight at becoming the first south-east Essex sportsman to be called up for this summer’s Olympics in London.
The Rochford-born 31-year-old has been selected in Great Britain’s hockey squad for the Games. And the former Old Southendian star cannot wait for the sporting bonanza to get underway.
“I’m just so excited to have been named in the squad for the Olympics,” said Clarke.
“A home Olympics is something that only happens once in everyone’s lifetime and I feel very lucky that it’s come for me at a time when I am able to compete.
“I’m now aiming to make the most of the opportunity and I’m just absolutely delighted to have been picked.”
Clarke was named in the initial British squad which consisted of 27 players and chose to meet head coach Jason Lee in person to discover if he had made it in to the final squad of 16 which was confirmed yesterday.
“We had the option of meeting face to face, getting a phone call, a text message or an email, but I thought it was right to do it in person,” said Clarke, who also represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. “To then find out I had made it was a huge relief and something I’m extremely proud of.”
Britain go in to the Olympics ranked fourth in the world and will take on Australia, Spain, Pakistan, Argentina and South Africa in Pool A of the competition.
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