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Olympian set to hit Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 17:15 02 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:11 05 July 2010

A FORMER Olympian is set to visit Lowestoft later this month.

Craig Heap, one of Great Britain's most experienced gymnasts, will help support Suffolk's up and coming sportsmen and women during a special presentation.

A FORMER Olympian is set to visit Lowestoft later this month.

Craig Heap, one of Great Britain's most experienced gymnasts, will help support Suffolk's up and coming sportsmen and women during a special presentation.

Heap, who has competed at the Olympics, at two Commonwealth Games, at five World Championships and at five European Championships, will be guest speaker at a special Suffolk SportsAid Foundation lunch taking place at the Carlton Manor Hotel on Friday, September 19.

In 1998 at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Heap became the first person to captain England to a Gymnastics team Gold. Four years later in the Manchester Commonwealth games he did it again.

But seven weeks before the 2000 Olympic Games he broke his hand in two places. The thought of missing out on his lifelong dream made him train even harder. Keeping fit by using only one good hand, Craig not only made the Games but qualified for the all-round final, achieving a personal best score.

All proceeds from the event go towards helping Suffolk's up and coming sportsmen and women with the costs associated with training and competing on the national, international and world stage.

Full details, and an event application form can be found at www.suffolksportsaid.com/news, alternatively telephone Waveney Gymnastics Club on 01502 501419.

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