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Forward-thinking Framptons Sponsors Future Potential Olympian

September 2012

The London 2012 Olympics may have come to a close, but Shepton Mallet food manufacturer Framptons Ltd is hoping to be part of its legacy by sponsoring a talented local gymnast.

Phoebe Turner, aged 12, from Street, is a member of the Team GBR gymnastics squad, and one of the top five gymnasts in her age group in the UK.

Also the current International Magical Classic gymnast champion, Phoebe has participated in gymnastics since the age of six.

The Crispin School pupil has a promising future, and hopes to be selected for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, training to be a gymnast isn’t easy – Phoebe undertakes 30 hours of training per week, including during the school term, and the cost of training and competing is expensive.

Phoebe trains at The Academy of Gymnastics in Portishead, alongside Imogen Cairns, who competed in the Team GB Women’s Squad at this year’s Games.

Wishing to help the London 2012 motto of ‘Inspire a Generation’ to continue after the games, Framptons Ltd has offered its support to Phoebe, by sponsoring £600 towards the cost of her training this year.

Phoebe’s father, Steve Turner, has worked at Framptons for eight years as an engineer, and has recently been promoted to Engineering Supervisor. He said: “Phoebe is amazing at what she does, but taking her to training means we travel more than 600 miles each week, and the cost of working towards being an Olympic gymnast isn’t cheap. My wife and I are very grateful for Framptons’ support in helping us to provide the training Phoebe needs for continued success in gymnastics.”

Phoebe recently had the chance to get a taste for the Olympics, when her squad was invited to North Greenwich Arena prior to the event to participate in a podium training session at the London 2012 Gymnastics
venue. She also attended the 2012 Sainsbury’s School Games at the Olympic Park, where she competed and won a gold medal.

Mark Dunn, Operations Manager at Framptons, said: “Framptons is a forward-thinking business that recognises passion and determination, such as that shown by Phoebe and her parents. We are thrilled to be able to support Phoebe in her future ventures, and wish her the best of luck in training towards the next Olympics.”

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