Sent in style to Coven­try

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A WASPS-MAD fam­ily were given a chance to meet their he­roes af­ter winning a com­pe­ti­tion, in a day they de­scribed as “a dream come true.”

A train­ing ground tour was the prize for winning the com­pe­ti­tion and 11-year-old win­ner Imo­gen Baker even had the chance to meet and chat with her favourite player Ash­ley John­son.

Imo­gen’s par­ents Jenny and Richard, and sib­lings Thomas and Emily, were all able to join her as they were treated to an in­sight into a day in the life of a Wasps player.

The Baker fam­ily have been Wasps sea­son ticket hold­ers for six years and travel up to the Ri­coh Arena in Coven­try from their home in West Dray­ton, near Heathrow air­port.

Af­ter the tour, they had a chance to ask ques­tions to Wasps stars Frank Halai, Phil Swain­ston and fan-favourite Ash­ley John­son.

The fam­ily were also treated to lunch in the Broad­street club­house and stayed to watch the team’s after­noon train­ing ses­sion.

Richard Baker, Imo­gen’s dad, said: “The day has been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, it has been a real treat, a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity.

“We were all so ex­cited for Imo­gen when she won the com­pe­ti­tion, the day has been fan­tas­tic for her and for the whole fam­ily to en­joy this spe­cial day.

“We’ve been fol­low­ing Wasps since when they played at Adams Park, get­ting the chance to see how it all works be­hind the scenes has been truly in­cred­i­ble... a dream come true for the whole fam­ily.”

In ad­di­tion to the tour, Imo­gen will also have the op­por­tu­nity to walk out with the play­ers as a match-day mas­cot when Wasps take on Sara­cens at the Ri­coh Arena on Satur­day, May 6.

The win­ner of the Wasps Christ­mas card com­pe­ti­tion was an­nounced at half-time dur­ing the Christ­mas Eve clash with Bath.

Ver­ity Brown, Wasps’ com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment man­ager, said: “It was fan­tas­tic to see her beam­ing smile as she went round the train­ing fa­cil­ity and when Ash­ley came to speak to Imo­gen it was a re­ally spe­cial mo­ment.

“I hope the whole fam­ily had a day they’ll never for­get and it will be great to see them all again for the Sara­cens game later this year.”

Win­ner Imo­gen Baker with Wasps play­ers Phil Swain­ston and Ash­ley John­son

Richard Baker, Phil Swain­ston, win­ner Imo­gen, Jenny Baker, Ash­ley John­son, Emily Baker and Thomas Baker

Imo­gen gets a hug from her hero Ash­ley John­son

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