West Ham United's players and staff enjoyed a day of rowing with Team GB athlete and Hammers fan Mark Hunter MBE at Eton Dorney recently.
Beijing Gold Medallist Hunter, who also picked up a Silver Medal at the London 2012 Games, put the Hammers through their paces as they tried their hand at single sculling, before a series of team gig racing.
For some it was a more successful day than others, with assistant manager Neil McDonald ending up as one of those who spent time out of the boat and in the lake!
Despite that unintended excursion, McDonald felt the day proved beneficial for his squad.
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"It wasn't very good to be the first one in," he smiled. "It took us of our comfort zone to a certain extent. Trying to get the balance and trying to get the coordination of your arms, legs and core and unfortunately I couldn't do that. Plop, in I went!
"We had been trying to arrange this with Olympic champion and big West Ham supporter Mark Hunter, and leading up to the Olympics we said we'd come across and watch him train, to see how he does things and see whether we could pick something up.
"But with both schedules being very busy, it was hard to plan. But we had a chance leading up to the last game to bring the boys down and see what it's all about.. We've had a go individually as well as a team and I think the day worked out fantastically well.
"The players are a tight group and that reflects in our performances and in our position.
"Mark, his coaches and his father gladly took us on board and showed us just a little bit how it's done. A couple of people fell in, including myself and we had a big race where it's all about pulling together and making sure everyone's working together, which is what football's all about."
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