Golden shot Simon praises his ‘guardian angel’

Shooting hero Simon Henry has paid tribute to his late mother for helping him win a gold medal for St Helena in the 2013 Island Games.

He told his local paper in the UK that his mother Pam died on 25 June, just days before he was due to fly to compete in Bermuda.

“Life kind of stopped," he reportedly told the Oxford Mail, "but I had the support from my family back home and they said my mum would have wanted me to go to the games. So I went for her.

“She supported me and went to three games, including in 1999 when I won bronze, and she helped me to buy my first rifle. I dedicated my gold medal to her. I felt she was there at the games, like a guardian angel.”

Simon won two silver medals, in the individual and team 50-metre air rifle shooting events (the latter with Carlos Yon) and then clinched gold in the individual 10m event, which involved firing 60 shots in and hour and 45 minutes, in intense heat.

The paper says he is due to return to St Helena in November 2013 – sadly, too late for a hoped-for reunion with Pam. Nonetheless, the paper said he had "goose bumps just thinking about going back”.

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