BASINGSTOKE’S Linda Alexander experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity at the weekend during the Sainsbury’s British Athletics Championships as she took to the track alongside the UK’s finest.

The 49-year-old, who lives at Grainger Close, Brighton Hill, presented the medals to the country’s finest shot putters, including eventual British champion Eden Francis, at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on Saturday.

Alexander, who has worked for Sainsbury’s for 23 years and is currently situated in the Kempshott branch, performed her role in front of a capacity crowd and is adamant she won’t be forgetting the experience any time soon.

“It was really nerve-wracking to start with but once we started and things were under way it was really easy and really nice,” she added.

“Unfortunately I didn’t know any of the shot putters who I was presenting to but they said some nice words. And I got to get my picture taken with Iwan Thomas which was wonderful.

“It meant so much to me to get selected to go to the Championships. I was surprised and immensely proud when I was told I’d been selected and it’s just been a fantastic experience.”

Alexander was one of almost 50 Sainsbury’s colleagues from across the UK to have led out an event across the three days of the British Championships at the iconic Alexander Stadium.

“I’d love to do this again in the future because it was such a wonderful experience,” she added. “I enjoy watching athletics even though I’m not the most athletic person so it’s been a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to tell the children and grandchildren.

“It’s just a shame the TV cameras weren’t here till Sunday so they could see me. I’ve got two grown-up children who were very sporty growing up.”

Sainsbury’s is proud to support British Athletics through the Summer Series events and committed to helping young people lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

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