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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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Mayor John Link presents the award