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Heather Stanning: Yeovil street name campaign is 'an honour'

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: September 29, 2012

Lt Colonel Craig Palmer with Yeovil Olympian Captain Heather Stanning, of 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery, on her return to duty at Roberts Barracks in Wiltshire

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Olympic gold medallist Heather Stanning has described proposals to name a Yeovil street after her as an “honour”.

The rowing queen won Team GB’s first gold of London 2012 with her partner Helen Glover.

This week the Yeovil-born athlete, who is also an Army captain with the Royal Artillery, returned to duty with her regiment.

The 27-year-old is part of a military family with her father Tim and mother Mary both formerly based at RNAS Yeovilton.

The family lived in Queen Camel and Lovington before moving away from the area when Heather was 10 months old.

Last week she told BBC Radio Somerset it was “an honour and a privilege” to hear there were proposals to name a road after her in her birth town.

The campaign is being led by Councillor Jon Gleeson.

Speaking about her return to the Army, Heather said: “It is really good to be back here, I am really fortunate I am able to come back to a working regiment.

“A lot has changed here. The regiment physically looks very different. I have missed working with the other soldiers and the camaraderie there is with the team here.

“I have also missed the day-to-day life of getting on with things. In terms of rowing, I am now back to work but I am going to stay fit.

“I want to do trials for Rio in 2014. It think it is important I do other things as well as rowing, my fitness has been very specific over the last few years.

“It will be good to do other things like weight-bearing exercises. Running while wearing kit on your back is very different from rowing.

“I would love to go to Rio but that is not a given because I have to earn my seat.”

She is due to be deployed to Afghanistan next year.

Her Olympic achievements were marked with a limited edition Royal Mail stamp and gold-painted post box in Lossiemouth, Scotland.

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