Law firm backs Olympics hopeful

RISING hockey star Harry Martin has received the support of East Anglian law firm Prettys as he trains for the opportunity to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics.

Prettys, which is based in Ipswich and has offices in Cambridge and Chelmsford, has adopted Harry and pledged to raise money to support his efforts over the next two years.

Harry, who plays for Ipswich, has had an incredible year culminating in selection for the Great Britain senior hockey team to play in a four nations tournament against Japan, 2008 Beijing Olympic Champions Germany and New Zealand and representing England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi at the age of just 17 years.

He helped Great Britain to second place behind Germany in the four nations tournament and England to fourth at the Commonwealth Games, just missing out on a medal.

Harry, who has also just been named Suffolk Young Sports Personality of Year, is being supported by Prettys through the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation’s Destination Gold initiative which provides local companies with an opportunity to associate themselves with a top athlete from the county ahead of the 2012 games.

Paul Dickie, chief executive at Prettys, said: “The whole firm is behind Harry, and it was particularly exciting following him in Delhi. We all hope to see this local athlete achieve his goal and compete in the 2012 Olympics.”