Rhino’s Gymnasium backs top GB shotputters

From left, Nick Swann, Sophie Mckinna, Geoff Capes, Rachel Wallader and Sam Swann
From left, Nick Swann, Sophie Mckinna, Geoff Capes, Rachel Wallader and Sam Swann
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Two promising young athletes have been boosted in their efforts to win medals after they were sponsored by a gym.

Rhino’s Gymnasium in Ryhall Road, Stamford, has thrown its weight behind British shot putters Rachel Wallader, 24, and Sophie McKinna, 19.

The two women are competing in this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and hope to be among the medals.

The gym has offered to sponsor the pair and help with their training.

Rhino’s co-owenr Nick Swann said: “Rhino’s sponsor Sophie and Rachel as they are true athletes and an inspiration to the rest of the gym members.

“They both represent what Rhino’s is about - nice people who are totally committed to their training and sport.

“Rhino’s gets great pleasure in helping young people achieve their goals and full potential.”

Rachel and Sophie are trained by three-time Olympian and two-time World’s Strongest Man Geoff Capes.

Geoff, who was born in Holbeach, sends several of his pupils to Rhino’s for training sessions.

Rachel was crowned senior international British indoor and outdoor women’s shot put champion last year. This year she won the British Indoor Championships with a personal best of 16.45m.

Rachel was also Midland Counties senior champion in 2013, and has been a member of the European Winter Throws Cup team.

Sophie is the current British young and junior record holder for shot put. He personal best is 17.12m, making her one of only nine British women ever to break the 17m mark.

She holds the honour of being the first British woman ever to win an international shot put medal.

Sophie is a decorated athlete and holds the following titles: world youth silver, European youth bronze, European junior silver, Commonwealth youth gold and European senior team bronze.

She hopes to add to her tally in Glasgow.

Nick added: “Their training and dedication to the sport is second to none and a credit to them.

“Rhino’s are privileged to be associated with such esteemed athletes, are happy to support their training at Rhino’s and wish them all the very best in their careers.”