THE family of Doddington sprinter Jonnie Peacock have spoken of their joy and pride after he stormed to victory in the 100m at the Paralympic Games.
Sister Beth Crook (28) was in London last night (Thursday) to see her little brother take gold in the T43/T44 100m final, along with the rest of her family.
“I have no words for it,” she said. “It still hasn’t sunk in. The support that Jonnie got, as a family we can only thank everyone so much.
“My brother is amazing. We are so proud of him. He’s so kind, so caring and down-to-earth. To see him achieve him dream and represent his country is just fantastic.”
Emotions were still running high for Beth, who struggled to hold back tears as she spoke of her pride for her brother.
Her partner, Andy Costall, was also at the stadium for Jonnie’s big moment, along with Beth’s daughter Hope (8).
Andy said: “He crossed the finish line and all you could hear was this delayed reaction going around the stadium. Someone grabbed me and said he’d done it and I just burst out crying. I grabbed Hope and Beth and we were just stood there in a group, crying.”
The experience was magical for Jonnie’s niece Hope, who had her own T-shirt saying “Go Uncle Jonnie” to wear for the occasion. The rest of the family wore T-shirts saying “Team Jonnie”.
The family all managed to get tickets together in the stadium and when Jonnie won, the crowds parted to allow them down to trackside. They were very moved by a group of teenage girls who gave them their tickets to allow them to get down; they wished they had taken a contact number so they could return them for memorabilia.
• For more of the family’s reaction to Jonnie Peacock’s amazing win, see Wednesday’s Fenland Citizen.