Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell visits Poole as MEP campaign gets underway (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell visits Poole as MEP campaign gets underway
DOUBLE Olympic gold medallist and intrepid explorer James Cracknell has said standing as an MEP candidate for the South West is his ‘greatest challenge yet’. The rowing star who survived a crash with a petrol tanker whilst cycling across America in 2010 has been selected to stand for the Conservatives in next May’s European elections.
He spent a busy day speaking to students at Lytchett Minster School and meeting locals at the Pilot pub in Canford Heath and Allendale Centre in Wimborne. James said: “I’m prepared for a long fight because in reality it will take a great deal of time. “The main thing will be getting people to believe I can do it. It’s my greatest challenge yet but it feels completely out of my control because in sport if you train hard you get what you put in. In politics nothing is certain – so I’ve considered enlisting the help of Uri Geller or learning some mind control tricks.”
The Conservative MEP candidate is keen to re-negotiate the terms for Britain in the EU and insists there should be a more dynamic and flexible relationship with Europe.
He said: “Europe is such a key issue for the country for the next five years and the decisions made will affect us all for the next 40 years and beyond. The EU needs to be more efficient and be able to change direction easily, there is so much regulation.”
The Olympic athlete was hit from behind by a petrol tanker during an attempt to cycle, row, run and swim from Los Angeles to New York in 16 days. He said: “I had a nasty accident but I feel I’ve fully recovered and now I just want to give something back to all the people who have supported me.”
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