Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Let's Hope Dad's Not Fixing the Lake When Zac and I Race for Gold

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Let's Hope Dad's Not Fixing the Lake When Zac and I Race for Gold

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Byline: Mark Hunter

2012 STANDARD BEARERS 'VE lost count of the number of interviews I've given about the Games, talks that I've done and conversations I've had. Now they're finally here.

People react differently to the stress and pressure as it gets closer to your first race. Some like to mess around and have a laugh, others go unbelievably quiet and it's interesting to see the different personalities and characteristics come out.

I'm one of those who tends to go very quiet and keep myself to myself. At times, I can be short and sharp, it's only natural. The thing is that all my thought processes are on doing the best I possibly can.

It's strange to think that if this wasn't a home Olympics I might not be rowing any more. I felt satisfied with what I'd done and with my life after the gold in Beijing but I couldn't fail to compete in a Games in my own city. I've loved every minute of the journey to get here the bad bits as well as the good because it's all part of the process.

It has been a dream of mine for a long time but probably even longer for my dad. He works at Dorney Lake, where the rowing events take place. He basically does whatever needs doing, whether that's fixing the lake, corporate things or organising coaching.

Ring of bright water: where Mark Hunter's He'll be there during the Olympics but hopefully he won't have to do much and can watch me race.

When he picked up his accreditation the other day, he went to the Turkish baths in Kentish Town where he used to go when he lived in the East End.

He wanted in to see if anyone he knew from the old days was there and asked for his old mate, Eddie.

Suddenly there was this: "Who's asking for Eddie?" My dad responded: "It's Terry, Terry Hunter," and they all said: "Yeah, his son's the gold medallist."

It was a proper East End encounter and everyone said well done on getting selected and asked him to bring me down after the Games. So it's up to me to do myself, my family, the East End and London proud.

My dad has always loved his rowing and it was his dream for one of his lads to get to the top. Thankfully both myself and Ross have done that. …

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