A stone’s throw from the London 2012 games and a county comprising the best in coastline, countryside and cultural pursuits, Sussex is gearing up for the Olympics as athletic fervour begins to take hold. Mulberry Cottages want to introduce to you a group of people literally eating, sleeping and encapsulating what the Olympics means to Britain; those local athletes training for the most important task of their lives right under our noses.
Todd Leckie, 22 from Ringmer, East Sussex. The triathlete and medical student at the University of Brighton (as if he wasn’t busy enough!) is chasing the third and final place in the Team GB triathlon line up joining brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. He has taken a three year break from his studies to focus on maximising his chances of competing. He is using a range of high tech machinery to ensure he is at his physical prime in time for the games after suffering a broken arm in a fall from his bicycle. He is putting all his efforts into daily training and hopes that this will be enough to propel him into London 2012.
“Getting to the Olympics in 2012 is my aim…Triathlon is a team sport, with a lot of tactics”
Emma Wiggs, 31, from Bognor Regis, West Sussex. Emma has experienced an unorthodox rise to sporting success after a visit to her local sports centre on Team GB Paralympics talent ID in 2010, where she was convinced to try sitting volleyball, she enjoyed it and just 6 months later she found herself captaining Team GB in the world championships! Although they are a relatively new team, Emma and the girls have been putting in hours of training, perfecting every aspect of their sport in the hopes of bringing home the gold in London 2012.
“really enjoy the teamwork of Sitting Volleyball… my greatest ambitions are to lead the team into London 2012, and to take every opportunity that arises to promote disability sport”
Stevie Morrison, 33, from Eastbourne, East Sussex. Stevie has already represented Team GB in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and both he and his sailing partner are looking to improve on their ranking of 9th in the summer games this year. With a tradition of using song titles as names for their 49ers, Stevie and his partner Ben Rhodes caused an upset in Beijing over their use of a naughty name (see if you can guess-it’s a Kooks song!) being forced to replace it with ‘Little Miss Pipedream’. As he has been sailing since childhood, watch this space for a medal this summer.
“I want to go where I start the first day believing that we’re good enough to win the gold medal. For Ben and I that’s what it’s about. We’ve got to be focused on 2012”
Mulberry Cottages have a wealth of wonderful properties in Sussex perfect for practising your sailing, playing volleyball on the beach or running through the beautiful countryside or along the South Downs way. Why not try Seashell Cottage in Camber Sands, a luxuriously designed cottage inches from the surf with ample opportunity to sample some of the many watersports on offer. Seashell Cottage is available during the Olympic and Paralympic Season from £810 per week and sleeps 6.
Fancy a run through the countryside? Mulberry Cottages can offer you a peaceful break in Chestnut Cottage, close to Todd Leckie’s hometown of Ringmer but even closer to the beauty of the Ashdown Forest, perfect to explore! Chestnut Cottage is available for the Olympic and Paralympic season priced at £810 per week and sleeps 4.