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Team B&Q

Published: 21 March 2008
Aspiring Olympians make inroads on the path to glory.
The B&Q aspiring Olympians have scored some stunning triumphs in their bids to travel to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Five of the ten aspiring Olympians - Blake Aldridge, Steve Scott, Nick Smith, Martin Stamper, and Jonathan Willis - competed recently in their relevant events.

Blake Aldridge and synchro partner 13 year old Tom Daley moved one step closer to the 2008 Beijing Olympics after winning a bronze medal in the 10m diving final at the FINA World Cup in Beijing.

The young pairing, who have only been diving together for six months, took third place behind a winning Chinese pairing, who were defending their world championship title at the Olympic diving venue, the 'water cube'.

Steve Scott competed in a regional shoot in Dorset. He won the event, beating all of his main GB rivals and earning vital UK ranking points.
Nick Smith reclaimed his Scottish Title over 60m with a new record of 6.64s, just one hundredth of a second outside of his personal best.

Unfortunately, Martin Stamper was knocked out at the Dutch Open, one of the main events on the taekwondo circuit.

While Jonathan Willis had a mixed weekend at the Berne Grand Prix fencing event in Switzerland. He started off well, but then lost two fights in the poule. His finishing position after the poule gave him a bye into the third round.

However, he lost to the bronze medallist from last year's world championships, and was knocked out of the competition.

Team B&Q

Team B&Q is a group of Olympians and Paralympians hoping to add to their existing medal haul in Beijing, as well as a number of aspiring Olympians and Paralympians who are hoping to compete in Beijing for the first time.

The 10 up-and-coming athletes work in B&Q stores full-time, however with part-time flexible hours to fit in training and competition schedules.

March is a busy month for the athletes – Blake Aldridge is off to the European Championships in Denmark with synchro partner Tom Daley and Steve Scott has his first Grand Prix of the season in Cyprus.

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