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Ex-triathlon athlete commissioned to produce artwork for summer Olympic games

A Putney-based artist and ex-triathlon athlete has been commissioned to create art to cheer on Team GB at this summer’s Olympic games.

Vanessa Raw will make eye-catching artwork that will become posters and will also be displayed on billboards across the country.

The campaign, called Home Support, is hoping to cheer British athletes on and replicate the success of the London 2012 Olympics.

Ms Raw said: “I’m very proud to be chosen to help Purplebricks with this campaign and feel honoured to be involved in the Olympic process in a different way. “

Art was always my main love, but I was involved in triathlon for 11 years and it taught me how important it is to have the support of people around you for motivation and for performance.

“From my experience in racing abroad, I know that having people willing you on gives you inspiration to keep going.

“Given the fact that athletes may not have family, friends or British people with them in Tokyo, it’s vital they feel the same support as they did in London and Rio.”

Other artists creating work for the Purplebricks campaign are silver medal winning boxer Joe Joyce and former rugby player Henry Fraser.

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