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Cornwall At The Olympics

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:51am 28th July 2012 (Updated 7:11am 30th July 2012)

Cornish competitors are getting their campaign underway at the Olympics.

Penzance rower Helen Glover is in the heats for the women's pairs after winning a Pirate FM Local Hero Award.

Proud sister Freya, said: "It's pretty amazing. I'm just incredibly proud of what's she's already achieved, and I think that anything that she does at the Olympics will just be fantastic. It's just quite awe inspiring having a sister who's so good at what she does.

"I really like that. I always love sport but I feel even more connected to the Olympics because of what Helen's doing. Even Devon feels a long way away from Penzance but to know what's going on in London just because of how Helen's rowing is great."

On Sunday, James Honeybone from Truro goes for gold in the fencing.

Coach Chris Buxton has seen three of his team win a place in Team GB. He said: "There's always around, knocking around training, causing me trouble. They're all very well, just very excited. I still think, it's sort of dawning on them, the reality of the situation and what they had got themselves into you know. But it's very good for them and I'm sure they'll have an amazing time.

"They've been sending the odd text and the odd phonecall, but I think preparations are going well, and everybody's getting very, very excited, and it's just going to be such an amazing opportunity for them all. I hope it all goes well."

One of Cornwall's big Olympic hopes says he can not afford to think about winning a fourth gold.

Ben Ainslie, who learnt to sail off Falmouth, starts his sailing campaign off Weymouth on Sunday.

He said: "There are so many international teams here, training, preparing for the Olympics, as they have been for a long time now, but really you can feel the excitement and the tension building up. Everyone's trying to get as much time on the water as they can to be as best prepared."

The family of a Wadebridge rower going for gold at the Olympics say the support they have had makes you proud to be Cornish.

Annie Vernon is competing in the first heat of the women's eight on Sunday, after taking silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Mum Morwenna said: "As long as they row their best race, anything can happen. The difference between the top athletes and all those who've qualified for the Olympics, is hundredths of seconds, so there's never a dead cert one way or the other, otherwise it wouldn't be so exciting."

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