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Sussex's sporting chances

Posted 1 August 2016 by Andrew Gardner

Team GB including Sussex athletes
Sometimes I feel so proud of Sussex, and not least because of some of the characters it produces. You may have read a few weeks ago about the schoolboys who staged a skirt protest - a group of lads from Rottingdean who went to school in skirts because they weren't allowed to wear shorts in the hot weather. Just the sort of silly summer story the national press adores, and isn't it great to know eccentricity is alive and well in Sussex, and that there are people prepared to think outside the proverbial box? 
Bet you didn't guess I'd link skirted schoolboys with the Rio Olympics - but I'm going to! Seriously, this is about being proud of people, and a host of Sussex athletes have headed to Rio this month - spare a thought, too, for those who so nearly made it. As event rider Pippa Funnell put it when she was bumped up from reserve for the eventing squad, it's not an opportunity you'd turn down but you still feel for the athlete you replaced. Pippa, whose yard is near Horsham, joins first-time Olympian Gemma Tattersall, from Plummers Plain - and her inclusion meant Tina Cook, from Findon, became first reserve (many people were surprised not to see Tina on the original squad, but that's sport for you).
Hockey player Maddie Hinch from West Chiltington and Chichester sailor Sophie Ainsworth will be proud members of Team GB; as will Horsham-based discus thrower Jade Lally; Paralympic table tennis ace Will Bailey, from Groombridge; Eastbourne's rising tennis star Johanna Konta, who beat Venus Williams recently and is looking increasingly confident; East Grinstead hockey star David Condon... just part of a list that shows sport in Sussex is looking healthy.
If you're inspired to have a go at some of the sporting opportunities in Sussex, from sailing and riding to golf and mountain biking, there's something for all the family to try. And when you're self-catering in Sussex (click here to view our accommodation) you can watch the Olympics on wide-screen TV, either in your holiday cottage or in a nearby village pub or seaside sports bar. Go Team GB!

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