Hamble Valley, it’s not only sailing it’s famous for! #HomeOfSport
Sailing is not the only sport that has put Hamble on the map. The area of Hamble Valley has produced many top athletes over the years.
In 1972 Hamble sent seven competitors to the Olympic Games in Kiel, who returned with 2 golds and a silver medal.
Eastleigh town has the distinction of being the home of the oldest winner of an Olympic 50K walking medal, when Tommy Green brought home the gold from Los Angeles in 1932 at the grand old age of 38.
For some time Hamble was also the home of an England soccer star, England cricketer, Barbarians rugby player, world long jump record holder, champion hurdler, and 12 Oxford Blues.
In fact these accolades belong to just one man! Charles Burgess Fry, known as C. B. Fry. Hailed by John Arlott as, “A most incredible man… the most variously gifted Englishman of any age”
C. B. Fry was also offered the crown of Albania, he was a writer, journalist and novelist and represented India at the League of Nations. He somehow also found time to be the commander of the Training Ship Mercury on the River Hamble for 40 years.
What you may also not know about Hamble is that in the early 1950’s a speedway-training track operated at Hamble. Today Hamble Community Sports College offers high quality facilities and the ability to deliver a wide and varied range of activities for those wishing to develop their sports.
These sporting achievements definitely earn Hamble Valley a place on the sporting map #HomeOfSport