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Well wishers give Commonwealth Games athlete a great send off

Friends and family gather to wish Larissa Sykes (kneeling in the front row) all the best the day before her departure for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ANL-140722-112136005

Friends and family gather to wish Larissa Sykes (kneeling in the front row) all the best the day before her departure for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ANL-140722-112136005

 

Friends, family, pub regulars and other members of the community gathered at the Red Lion in Great Wratting to have a ‘good luck at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games night’ for Larissa Sykes.

The get together took place at the pub, which is run by Larissa’s grandparents George and Linda Sykes with the help of her parents Sue and Colin on Wednesday night last week - the day before the 18-year-old shooter left to travel up to Scotland for the competition.

Among those gathered was a group of customers from the early evening club that donated £400 towards training and event fees for Larissa, who works at Valentine & Co Property Solicitors in Station Road, Haverhill.

Also wishing Larissa bon chance at the Games were members of the Haverhill-based Gateway Club, who were there for their annual barbecue.

Other well wishers included a group from the Haverhill Scouts, who were there collecting the £350 raised by the Red Lion Raffle on their behalf.

George, Linda, Sue and Colin Sykes said: “We would like to thank everyone for there support for Larissa she is now in Scotland training ready for her match.”

Larissa is competing for England in the 10metre air rifle event on Saturday (26).

She expressed her gratitude for the support she has received, saying: “They have all supported me through everything.

“I live in a small village near Haverhill and the Games are a big thing for them as well as me.

“There’s not much pressure from them all, more it’s just good luck and if you do well, well done but if not we are still going to be proud of you.”

To discover Larissa’s take on the Commonwealth Games and what it means to her turn to the back page.

 

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