GB Olympic team boss lives in Charlton Kings
GREAT Britain aim to send their greatest-ever team to London 2012 and the man charged with making it happen has some strong roots in Gloucesterhsire.
Andy Hunt, the chief executive of the British Olympic Association and the man who as chef de mission will lead Team GB in to Olympic action, is a resident of Charlton Kings.
He is currently embroiled in the business of formally selecting and kitting out the 550-strong team of athletes across 26 different sports.
He has already had to deal with controversy over taekwando selections and deal with the crushing disappointment of athletes who have failed, just, to make the grade.
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Couple in the organisation of the largest distribution of clothing in peace time Britain, with every athlete getting more than 60 pieces of Team GB apparel, and Hunt is a busy man.
He has been barely able to get back 'home' to Cheltenham in the past month and doesn't expect to be relaxing in his garden any time soon.
He did manage to get back to the town on the day the Olympic Torch came to Gloucestershire and was even lucky enough to carry the it through the town.
"It has been an extraordinary time, but without doubt the best moment of the whole time was when I was lucky enough to carry the torch in Cheltenham," Hunt said.
"Without doubt that was one of the best things I have ever done in my life.
"The weather was perfect and it really got the whole torch relay going.
"The weather was perfect and the crowds were phenomenal.
"The people of Cheltenham and Gloucester got 100 per cent behind the torch and that little bit of bringing the Games to their own patch."
Hunt made Cheltenham his 'own patch' just over two years ago when with his family he moved from the Stroud Valleys in to the town to avoid the pressures of the school run.
The move came shortly after Hunt led the British team to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, his first engagement after beating competition from what he calls "61 million interested parties" in his job.
"We moved into Charlton Kings about two years ago, but we've been in Gloucestershire for around 15 years in total in Chalford first, then Minchinhampton," he said.
"And we love being part of the community there, it's a lovely place.
"It would be nice to get back there a bit more than I am doing at the moment, but it's a very, very busy time for us all.
"It's a fantastic time for British sport and it's amazingly busy for us all, but it's also a brilliant opportunity a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us as a nation to have the Olympics here.
"I have been able to get back home for the odd weekend and it's an all too rare occurrence at the moment.
"But I am looking forward to having some quality time at home after the Game.
"Maybe not straight after the Games have finished as there may be a few other things to sort at the time but, certainly I'm looking forward to being able to sit down in my garden with a well-earned glass of wine before the summer is out.
"Here's hoping that I get the chance to do that."