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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Award For Olympic Hero - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

OLYMPIC gold medal­list Jamie Staff was hailed “Ash­ford’s great­est ever sport­ing hero” at a cer­e­mony hosted by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil.

In an emo­tional speech Staff thanked his wife Melia – his quiv­er­ing voice spoke vol­umes of his grat­i­tude to her and the years of determination in­vested in chas­ing his dream of a gold medal.

Jamie Staff’s three-year-old twins Theo and Grace, his sis­ter and proud par­ents Alan and Chris, who live in Brabourne Lees, and friends were all there to cel­e­brate his suc­cess.

Jamie, who took gold in Bei­jing as part of the sprint cycling team, was joined at the Ash­ford event by Ash­ford’s Com­mon­wealth cham­pion Lisa Do­briskey and, as part of Team GB, both were in Lon­don last Thurs­day for the Olympic he­roes’ home­com­ing pa­rade.

About 50 ris­ing sports stars from the bor­ough were among the 200 guests at the event held at the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel last Wed­nes­day, hosted by Kirstyn and Webbo from kmfm Break­fast.

Jamie took ques­tions. One came from 13-year-old Jas­mine Pomeroy who took a gold and sil­ver in the Kimura Shukokai In­ter­na­tional World Karate Cham­pi­onships 2008, who wanted to know how Jamie had man­aged to fo­cus on school work as we ell old ja wante ed Olym mpic

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Jamie Staff meets some keen young cy­clists at Spring Grove, where he opened the school’s re­fur­bished pool

Mayor John Link presents the award

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