Barry wins opportunity to join us as a Team GB athlete for the day!

July 7, 2016

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Earlier this year we launched our competition inviting people across the UK to nominate a special friend, colleague or family member to come and be a Team GB athlete for a day.

We’re thrilled to announce that our winner is Barry Fennell who was nominated by his friend and workmate Adam Sydney. We were all really inspired to read Adam’s nomination for Barry, including his charity fundraising, mentoring of local young people, not to mention how he’s supported and encouraged Adam to take up running.

The prize for Barry is to join the athletes on their road to Rio 2016 and join us at Kitting Out where athletes get all of their gear for the Olympic Games. He’ll get to go through the process as if he was an athlete, with a former Olympian acting as his personal shopper, and receive a Simon Jersey suit as well as some of the other kit the athletes will receive.

We’re all over the moon for Barry and can’t wait to see him at kitting out. Read the full nomination below and check back soon for an update from Barry on his day!

Hello Simon Jersey,
What a great opportunity to tell you about someone very dear to me who came into my life 18 months ago.I will try to type this without getting to emotional but here goes….
I joined the catering team here at Sheldon school in Chippenham and the deputy manager has been a rock in my life ever since.
Apart from the ongoing charity work that he does (which I’ll come back to) he has also given me the support to start running and also help local charities in my area.
Before I met Barry I couldn’t even run to the shops but with Barry’s support and guidance I managed over 700 miles in training last year and even completed my first marathon raising approx. £700 for the Star Light charity.
Barry is a work colleague, a friend and an inspiration to everyone he meets.
The various charity work that he gets involved in has raised over £5000 over the last 3 years.
And even with a busy work/family life he has always got the time to help out others, he volunteered at the local out of school clubs helping as a mentor for 3 years.
He also supports the national autistic society in their out of school club too.
If anyone I know in the world deserves a little treat then its him, I hope you find it in your hearts to put Barry Fennell forward in the completion.
Adam Sydney

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