Samantha Murray helps Hannah be a sharp-shooter

Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray meets Clitheroe Dolphins. Inset, budding pentathlete Hannah Procter
Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray meets Clitheroe Dolphins. Inset, budding pentathlete Hannah Procter

OLYMPIC silver medallist Samantha Murray took time out from her hectic schedule to go back to Clitheroe Dolphins and inspire a new generation of athletes.

And one swimmer, Hannah Procter, after meeting the modern pentathlon star, went straight on to win the Blackpool Aquatics Modern Triathlon.

Sam, who started swimming with the Dolphins, brought her medal along to show to the swimmers, who queued up to have their photo taken with her, raising £200 in the process for Cash for Kids – a Lancashire-based charity that Samantha is a patron of.

When Sam talked to the swimmers, she said she wanted to promote Modern Pentathlon as an event in the area, and spoke about how she started out swimming, and then gradually added the other disciplines.

She repeated her message from when she crossed the line in London, that if she can do it, anyone can if you are determined enough, and don’t let anyone get in the way of your goal.

Inspired by meeting Sam, Hannah decided to try shooting with the Ribble Valley Modern Pentathlon team.

After just two sessions with the air pistol, Hannah entered the Blackpool Aquatics Modern Triathlon, competing in a 50m swim, shoot and 1,000m run.

She swam and ran well, finishing sixth in both to give her a combined third place in the biathlon competition.

However, the shooting was her event of the day as she shot 71 out of a possible 100 points with her 10 shots, giving her first position in the shoot and first position overall in the triathlon.

Hannah is now keen to compete in future events.