The excitement of the Olympics in Rio came calling to the Hendy Kia dealership in Eastleigh when Olympian Alex Danson proudly displayed to customers and staff the gold medal she won with the Team GB women's hockey team.
The lure of Olympic gold provided irresistible as everyone gathered round the popular 31-year-old who was born and bred in Southampton and did much of her playing in her younger days at Trojans.
Alex has had a sponsorship deal with Hendy Kia for more than two years and drives a Kia Soul. "Hendy's support is absolutely invaluable," she said. "I can't thank them enough. The car is such a fantastic benefit and has enabled me to focus on my training and preparation and give it my total commitment. The fact is without commercial sponsorship - I'm also supported by Investec and UK Sport - the job of professional athletes looking to perform at the highest level would be virtually impossible."
Recalling that memorable evening in Rio on Friday August 20 when Great Britain's women beat the Netherlands in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, Alex said: "We had no idea the impact the game had on people back home. More than 9m people watched it on television. It was absolutely the best day of my life. An incredible feeling."
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