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Alan looking to major in Games glory.

Byline: Rob Maul

ALAN CAMPBELL plans to follow Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell - and become yet another Northern Ireland major winner.

The 29-year-old from Coleraine has been named in Team GB's 52-strong rowing squad for the single sculls.

This will be his third Olympic appearance after debuting in Athens in the quadruple sculls and a fifth-place finish in the singles four years ago in Beijing.

Campbell's countrymen have lifted three golf Majors over the past two years, with Clarke, McIlroy and McDowell all in action next week in The Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

With Clarke aiming to defend the championship title he won 12 months ago at Royal St George's, Campbell says the trio are the perfect inspiration in his quest for Olympic gold.

"There's a doggedness, determination and stubbornness about Northern Irish people," he said.

"I think we all love the underdog and we love to treat ourselves as the underdog, too.


"We've shown that whenever we have our backs against the wall, we will come out fighting.

"It's odd to have such a concentration of top-end sports people, who have all put the country on to the map.

"In a way, we acknowledge success which gives us a huge sense of pride and builds the passion, the desire and the fire.

"It's all to do with an honest, hardworking mentality.

"Friends of mine who live near the Royal Portrush Golf Club say that whenever it rains, everyone goes in. Yet Darren will put on his waterproofs and play.

"I have a huge admiration for all of those guys. Darren deserves his sports awards - and I went to the same school as McDowell in Coleraine.

"Graeme and I know each other in passing - but, obviously, I know him better because he is more mainstream.

"Hopefully, though, we will get to know each other better in the future."


OAR-SOME: Campbell is a medal hope
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2012
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