We all watched in anticipation back in August, when Northern Ireland rower Alan Campbell crossed the finish line to win bronze in the Olympic final of the men’s single sculls race.
GO’s Sarah-Jayne Cassells caught up with the sporting star since his win to hear all from the man himself…
Team GB sculler, Alan Campbell was the third rower from Coleraine in Country Londonderry to win a medal at the London Olympics in less than 24 hours, when the Chambers brothers took silver the day before.
After a heroic performance at London 2012, Alan looks back at his success saying: “I am still buzzing from it all, a home Olympics is a once in a lifetime thing and I feel very fortunate, to not have only competed, but to have been a medallist as well, which certainly has made it a very special and unique experience.”
After the gruelling race, an exhausted Alan was helped to the medal ceremony by Sir Steve Redgrave, where over come by emotion he broke down in tears as he was presented with his medal. He said: “When I crossed the finish line all I felt was pain! All my family were there supporting me, including aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. The emotion on the podium came from a mixture of things. To win a medal, regardless of where you win it, is very special, but it comes from hard work and sacrifice. On the podium I could see my wife and my parents and I felt overwhelmed by the sacrifices they had had to make to give me the opportunity to be there.