Hartlepool gran’s pride at Sochi Winter Olympics star

Senior Aircraftsman John Baines

Senior Aircraftsman John Baines

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A HARTLEPOOL gran will be glued to her television set during this year’s Winter Olympics to cheer on her ice-cool athlete grandson as he competes against some of the globe’s top sportsmen.

Joan Godfrey is the proud grandmother of John Baines, who is part of the British Bobsleigh team taking part in the much-anticipated Olympics in Russia.

Joan Godfrey, Olympian John Bains' gran

Joan Godfrey, Olympian John Bains' gran

The opening ceremony kicked off the games yesterday and Joan, a mum of three and grandmother of eight, said she is “so excited” to watch her second-eldest grandchild – who she says has always been a “daredevil” – in action.

The retired clothing factory worker, who lives off Warren Road, in Hartlepool, said : “I can’t wait to watch him on the telly from the front row seat in my living room!

“I’m ever so proud of him.

“I’ve never been to see him doing the bobsleighing because it’s always away somewhere, and anyway I’m quite happy to watch him on the telly.”

Joan Godfrey, Olympian John Bains' gran.

Joan Godfrey, Olympian John Bains' gran.

She added: “I used to look after him when he was little, I used to go through to Middlesbrough on the bus.

“He’s a lovely lad, he always has been.

“He’s always been very sporty, and was always mischievous and a daredevil when he was little.

“He had one of those plastic cars what kids can sit in and push along with their feet, and he’d be the one climbing on the top.

Senior Aircraftsman John Baines aged 27 from Newcastle is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Technician with 90 Signals Unit (90SU) RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire (Left) joins the rest of his Team GB althletes at Bath University, home of British Bobsleigh, for a final training session before leaving for Sochi. Baines has made the Team GB 4 man Bobsleigh squad for the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014, as a brake man for the B squad respectively. Being a current serving member of the RAF he has been awarded elite athlete status to enable him to concentrate on training for the Olympics.  Baines flies out to Germany on Friday to the Team GB holding camp before taking part in the biggest competition of his life

Senior Aircraftsman John Baines aged 27 from Newcastle is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Technician with 90 Signals Unit (90SU) RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire (Left) joins the rest of his Team GB althletes at Bath University, home of British Bobsleigh, for a final training session before leaving for Sochi. Baines has made the Team GB 4 man Bobsleigh squad for the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014, as a brake man for the B squad respectively. Being a current serving member of the RAF he has been awarded elite athlete status to enable him to concentrate on training for the Olympics. Baines flies out to Germany on Friday to the Team GB holding camp before taking part in the biggest competition of his life

“My heart used to be in my mouth because he didn’t see danger – he still doesn’t! Boys will be boys.

“Of course I worry because it is quite dangerous but you can’t say anything when they’re getting older.

I’m just glad he’s doing what he loves.” John grew up in Middlesbrough after his housewife mum, Joan’s daughter Christine, met and moved there with his dad Martin Baines, whom is a gas fitter.

The RAF serviceman, who is based at Leeming as a 
senior aircraftsman, still lives there with his wife Lexi and their son Harrison, aged two.

Date: 28/01/2014
Image shows: Senior Aircraftsman (Technician) (SAC(T)) John Baines aged 27 from Newcastle is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Technician with 90 Signals Unit (90SU) RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire (Left) joins the rest of his Team GB althletes at Bath University, home of British Bobsleigh, for a final training session before leaving for Sochi. Baines has made the Team GB 4 man Bobsleigh squad for the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014, as a brake man for the B squad respectively.
Being a current serving member of the RAF he has been awarded elite athlete status to enable him to concentrate on training for the Olympics. 
Baines flies out to Germany on Friday to the Team GB holding camp before taking part in the biggest competition of his life.   

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Date: 28/01/2014 Image shows: Senior Aircraftsman (Technician) (SAC(T)) John Baines aged 27 from Newcastle is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Technician with 90 Signals Unit (90SU) RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire (Left) joins the rest of his Team GB althletes at Bath University, home of British Bobsleigh, for a final training session before leaving for Sochi. Baines has made the Team GB 4 man Bobsleigh squad for the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014, as a brake man for the B squad respectively. Being a current serving member of the RAF he has been awarded elite athlete status to enable him to concentrate on training for the Olympics. Baines flies out to Germany on Friday to the Team GB holding camp before taking part in the biggest competition of his life. This image has been cleared by the MCO. For further information, please contact: Mr Jim Robinson Media & Communications Officer (MCO) RAF Coningsby Lincolnshire United Kingdom LN4 4SY Civ: 01526 347780

He earlier made his name on Teesside as a runner and with the shot put before taking up bobsleighing.

 

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