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Do you have a sportsman or sportswoman in your family tree?
This year London will host its third Olympic Games, drawing on our country’s proud Olympic heritage. Most of the sports seen at the London 1908 games will be central to London 2012; some, however, such as motor boat racing and tug of war no longer feature!
Have you discovered someone in your family tree who participated in an Olympic games? Perhaps someone who represented their county or country at other notable events?
Maybe they won a trophy or medal which you still have in your family today?
Were they the unsung hero of a local club or simply someone with a passion for sport who is remembered for their contribution to the game?
We are not just looking for stories of elite sportsmen and women, even the most ordinary ancestors have a sporting side to them. Steve Benson FFHS Publicity Officer said:
“My maternal grandfather William Turner born 2nd March 1896 was quite a fit man in his youth. He went off to World War 1 (after lying about his age) with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and after training became a sniper. His shooting skill was excellent and he apparently represented the regiment at competitions at Bisley. On his 21st birthday while sniping in France near the front line he was blown out of a church spire by enemy artillery and badly wounded by shrapnel. But we are not concerned with this aspect of his sporting ability.
After the war he resumed his trade as a Master Butcher and slaughterman.
His hobby on a sunny afternoon was to go Crown Green Bowling at the local social club over a couple of pints of bitter. He was a member of the bowling club there for many years. The club also had a very active fishing section which he was a member of for many years until he eventually fell out with the committee because they banned him from entering the annual fishing competition because he won every year!”
Steve had lots more to say about his grandfather but we want to hear about your ancestors!
Take a little while and put together your memories of a sporting ancestor. They don’t have to be Olympians – even the most ordinary ancestors like Steve’s have an undiscovered sporting side to them.
Whatever their achievement we would like to hear about it.
Write an account of the special sportsman or sportswoman in your family tree in no more than 1,000 words.
Entries may be submitted electronically to or by post to The Administrator, FFHS, PO Box 8857, Lutterworth LE17 9BJ by December 31st 2012. Any entries received after the closing date will not be judged. The winners will be announced in February 2013.
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