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Memorable weekend looms for the Weales

9 August 2012

Sam Weale in Olympic action on Saturday

It promises to be an exciting Saturday for the Weale family with identical twins Chris and Sam both looking forward to big sporting challenges.
 
Chris is excited about the start of the new football season and a potential competitive debut for Shrewsbury Town in the Capital One Cup first round at Leeds United.
 
And at the same time his brother Sam will be experiencing the thrill of competing at a home Olympics as he represents Team GB in the modern pentathlon in London. His first event begins at 8.30am with the final discipline getting under way at 6.30pm.  
 
Goalkeeper Chris, who joined Town from Leicester City earlier this summer, says Sam will be cheered on by a host of family members in the capital.
 
He plans to keep close tabs on his brother's progress but stressed his focus will be on helping Town pull off a shock at Elland Road.
 
Chris said: "All the family are going down and they've all managed to get tickets. They're all off to the Olympic Park and then to Greenwich Park afterwards.
 
"It will be on TV when we're travelling to Leeds so we might be able to watch it on the bus, the fencing, but probably the best thing for me is just to get regular text messages because obviously I'll be concentrating on our game."
 
Chris is immensely proud of his 30-year-old twin and admits in an ideal world he would have loved the chance to watch him compete in the Olympics on home soil.

"You'll never get chance to watch your brother at a home Olympics again," he said. "It's disappointing from that point of view but it's a fantastic opportunity for my brother.

"I'm very proud of him. He was unfortunate with injuries as he would have gone to the Athens Olympics but he then went to Beijing and now he's in London."

Chris and his brother were keen on a sport from a young age growing up in Yeovil with both going on to forge successful careers in their respective fields.

"We're very close," he said. "We grew up doing every sport under the sun when we were younger. We always had somebody to play with which is the beauty of having an identical twin. We were always in the garden playing every sport imaginable.

"He was very good at running and swimming when he was younger. There was a pentathlon club just down the road from us so he started doing triathlons. Then he did the shooting, the fencing and the riding last."
 
As for Sam's medal prospects this weekend, Chris stressed: "I can't answer that. He's the only who can. As long as he performs and does his best that's all you can ask.
 
"Pentathlon is a very funny sport and you never know what can happen. It's such a great sport in that respect because it's so exciting. For people who don't know about it, it's quite easy to grasp what's going on very quickly.
 
"It's a fantastic spectator sport and we'll just wait and see."
 
Chris has a big sporting occasion of his own to look forward to, of course, with excitement building ahead of Shrewsbury's Cup clash at Championship club Leeds United. 
 
"It's a great stadium to play at and their fans create a good atmosphere," he added. "It's the first home game for them so hopefully there will be a big crowd there.
 
"I'm really looking forward to it and we're looking good in pre-season so hopefully we can contunue that into Saturday."


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