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Surrey's bygone sporting heroes to be celebrated

Amy Gentry by the river at Weybridge, 1930s. Picture courtesy of Elmbridge Museum, part of Elmbridge Borough Councilís Leisure & Cultural Services Division.
Weybridge's Amy Gentry was British single sculls rowing champion for three successive years, retiring undefeated

A cricketer from Godalming and an oarswoman from Weybridge are two sporting heroes likely to be celebrated in the lead up to the London Olympics in 2012.

Surrey Heritage and Waverley Borough Council are organising an exhibition called This Sporting Life, which is due to be a part of the Cultural Olympiad programme surrounding the Games.

We look at some of the sports people from Surrey who starred in the county's sporting past.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar, who was born in Godalming in 1830, was an early pioneer of cricket. Caesar played 194 first-class matches between 1849 and 1867.

He made his debut for England in 1853, was a member of the first English touring team which went to North America in 1859, and also toured Australia in 1863/4.

In later life he was employed at Charterhouse School as cricket coach and groundsman, but he died impoverished in 1878.

Amy Gentry

Gentry was British single sculls rowing champion in 1932, 1933, and 1934 before retiring undefeated.

She pioneered women's rowing in England, becoming a founder member, captain, and chair of Weybridge Ladies' Rowing Club.

During the Second World War Gentry spent time working for Barnes Wallis, and she witnessed the first trials of the 'bouncing bomb' on Burwood Park Lake.

Charlie Mortimore

Charlie Mortimore was born in 1928 and began his football career at while at Farnborough Grammar School during the war.

Charlie Mortimore
Woking's Charlie Mortimore lifts the FA Amateur Cup at Wembley in 1958

Mortimore joined Aldershot FC in 1949/50 before moving on to Woking in August 1953.

The England Amateur International captained Woking to their FA Amateur Cup win in 1958, and scored 250 goals in 363 appearances for the Cardinals.

He remains involved in football to this day as the president of Farnborough FC.

Marjorie Foster

Mytchett's Marjorie Foster, who began shooting at the age of eight, become the first woman to win the King's Prize at the National Rifle Championships at Bisley in 1930.

Foster beat over 1,000 competitors to the prize and was carried back in triumph by the Frimley Fire Brigade after her victory. She also finished runner up in 1939.

The This Sporting Life exhibition is due to go on display in the museums of Send, Guildford, Farnborough, Godalming, Haselmere Tilford and Woking in the summer.




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