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Couple to do all 96 Olympic events during Tokyo 2020

Charlotte Nichols and Stuart Bates, who’ve hyperlinks to Waterford and Mayo, will check out all 96 completely different Olympic occasions. They will attempt all of them in simply 17 days through the Olympics in reminiscence of cherished one, Spencer ‘Spenney’ Bates

From weightlifting to dressage and crusing to pole vaulting, the pair will run, throw and bounce their method by almost 100 sports activities. They imagine they’re the primary to try the spectacular feat.

Charlotte is at present learning to grow to be a physician on the University of Bristol whereas Stuart has a full-time job as a window cleaner in Oxford.

Not solely will the pair want to finish a triathlon, a 50km pace stroll, a 10km swim (which takes the world’s greatest athletes two hours to finish), and a 240km street cycle, but additionally a full marathon.

Charlotte is a eager athlete, being part of the Oxford-based GAA membership Eire Óg. The pair have obtained a whole lot of assist from the Mayo individuals and footballer Paddy Durcan.

This yr marks 10 years for the reason that passing of Stuart’s brother Spencer ‘Spenny’ Bates. The father of two tragically died, aged simply 49, of motor neuron illness.

Charlotte and Stuart hope to boost £10,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association with their Olympic problem, which they’ve dubbed the ‘Spennylympics’.

Charlotte, now completed her third yr at Bristol, mentioned:

“We’re terrified and excited on the identical time. It’s been an actual journey already: we’ve needed to be taught a great deal of new sports activities and we’ve met some superb individuals alongside the best way.

“The coaching has been powerful, significantly becoming it round learning drugs. But there have been some unbelievable moments too, like crusing in Weymouth because the solar was setting.

“It has been a chance for us both to think about Spenny a lot too. When you’re feeling achy and tired and you don’t want to go out and train, having him in your mind really helps.”

Starting on July 23, Charlotte and Stuart can have 17 days to finish the 96 sports activities. They will go to Reading to cycle on the velodrome, Bath for a few of their observe and area, and Bristol to surf on the Wave, a brand new inland browsing venue.

They will then journey to Weymouth, Spenny’s hometown, to go crusing and windsurfing. While there, on the penultimate day of the problem they may play a soccer match with Spenny’s family and friends.

The closing day would be the dreaded marathon.

Spenny was well-known in Weymouth for being a drummer in a number of bands. He is survived by his spouse Nicky and two sons, Samuel and Isaac.

About Spencer, Stuart mentioned: “He was many things to many people, a loyal and trusted friend, a completely devoted father and husband, and just the best company you could wish for.”

Despite their busy schedules, Stuart and Charlotte have managed to recruit greater than 55 former and present Olympians to be ambassadors for the problem. The pair are additionally being supported by Daniel Davey, an Irish performance-based diet specialist who works with Leinster rugby and Dublin GAA.

Dozens extra have helped by providing classes in every little thing from canoeing to rhythmic gymnastics.

Stuart and Charlotte now have only a few weeks of coaching earlier than they’re thrown into the largest bodily problem of their lives. And the bit they’re dreading probably the most?

“Diving 10 metres is pretty daunting, but I’ll make it happen!” mentioned Charlotte

Stuart added: “Staying on the horse whilst show jumping is something giving me sleepless nights!”

To assist Stuart and Charlotte towards their fundraising goal go to their Just Giving page here.

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