Cov­ing­ton re­tiree proud of kin

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­

Fay Han­cock has had quite the month.

First, she cel­e­brated more than two decades of ser­vice with the city of Cov­ing­ton, and then she got to be a part of some­thing very few peo­ple have.

On Tues­day, Han­cock sat ner­vously in front of the TV as her step-grand­son par­tic­i­pated in the skeet shoot­ing event at the 2012 Olympic Games and brought an Olympic gold medal into her fam­ily.

Vin­cent Han­cock, a 23-year-old U.S. Army sergeant, be­came a two-time gold medal­ist, he also fin­ished first in 2008’s Bei­jing Games, with a score of 148, two tar­gets in front of Den- mark’s An­ders Gold­ing. While Vin­cent Han­cock was aim­ing to­ward a sec­ond gold in Lon­don, Fay and her hus­band Clin­ton Han­cock, sat by at their Ea­ton­ton home watch­ing the games that they were si­mul­ta­ne­ously be­ing recorded.

“It was awe­some sit­ting here watch­ing it on the TV that morn­ing,” Fay Han­cock said. “It was awe­some. It al­most took your breath away.”

Fay started work­ing for the city in 1989 be­fore mov­ing over to the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment as a cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the 911 cen­ter. Her of­fi­cial re­tire­ment date is Sept. 1, giv­ing the 61year old plenty of time to spend with her new hus­band.

Fay mar­ried Clin­ton in April and al­ready feels like part of the fam­ily, gush­ing about Vin­cent’s achieve­ments.

“I just claim him as mine,” Fay Han­cock said. “It’s not many kids that ded­i­cate their lives as young as he is to achiev­ing this goal. It just made us so proud of him.”

Fay first met Vin­cent in Colorado Springs where he was com­pet­ing in the skeet shoot­ing na­tional tour­na­ment on June 23. She is ea­ger to see him again, this time with a gold medal in hand.

“From what I got to see of him, he’s an awe­some kid and fa­ther,” Fay Han­cock said. “He’s very fo­cused on his life and where he wants to go with it.”

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