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Olympic stars reel in yet another prize catch

By Chris Kilpatrick

Published 21/08/2012

Richard and Peter Chambers
Richard and Peter Chambers

Their prowess on the water in recent weeks has ensured their deserved rise to fame.

But Olympic heroes Richard and Peter Chambers swapped oars for rods when they went for a spot of angling with dad Eric.

And they proved dab hands at that too — winding down from the euphoria of their medal haul at the London Games by landing an impressive catch off the north coast.

“It was good,” Peter told the Belfast Telegraph.

“We spent the day fishing, then had a barbecue at home. I think we must have caught about 40 mackerel in total.”

The siblings pocketed silver medals from the Olympics with their pal Alan Campbell adding a bronze.

The trio received a heroes’ welcome when they returned home to Coleraine on Wednesday.

The town came out in force to greet the lads with a procession and reception held in the Co Londonderry town in their honour.

Peter said they had all been blown away by the support from home during the Games and the subsequent affection from the Northern Ireland public since.

“It’s been pretty hectic over the past few days, we’ve been doing loads of things here and there,” he said.

“We’ve been catching up with family and friends and doing a bit of canoeing, a bit of fishing — things we enjoy.

“I’d say we are near enough back to normal now, we’ve had a good couple of days doing different stuff which has been good.”

Hundreds had packed into Coleraine Baptist Church to watch the big race and the Chambers were back there last night to show the congregation their medals and share the Olympic experience.

“Everyone in the town was invited for a bit of a chat at the church,” said Peter.

“Hopefully it’ll give people more of an insight.”

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