Monday, 25 September 2017

Family crowd round phones after glitch

WATCHING your grandson competing in an Olympic final must be one of the proudest moments of

WATCHING your grandson competing in an Olympic final must be one of the proudest moments of your life.

Which is why Anne Hickmott travelled from London to Leander Club in Henley to watch John Collins compete in the double sculls final in Brazil on a big screen.

She was joined by Collins’s aunt and uncle, Marcia and David Reeves, cousins Katie and William, and a friend, Michael Lewis.

But the family’s excitement turned to dismay when, as the Leander rower and his team-mate Jonathan Walton were lined up at the start in Rio, the club projector went into standby mode.

It then switched itself off, leaving the family to watch the race on their mobile phones.



Thankfully, it took Leander general manager Paul Budd and his staff only a couple of minutes to get the projector up and running again — just in time for the family to watch the Team GB boat finish fifth.



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