Video: Olympic rower Zac Purchase speaks exclusively to the Bury Free Press

Double Olympic medallist Zac Purchase addressed a packed Bury St Edmunds SportsAid Lunch Club at The Suffolk Golf and Spa Hotel on Friday, and took time out to speak to Russell Claydon about his work with the charity.

The lightweight double sculls athlete provided one of the most emotional moments of the London 2012 Olympic Games when he broke down apologising to the crowd at Eton Dorney for not winning a gold medal with Mark Hunter.

Britain's Zac Purchase (b) and Mark Hunter (s) the Lightweight Men's Double Sculls semifinal A/B at the Shunyi Rowing and Canoeing Park during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Picture: FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images

Britain's Zac Purchase (b) and Mark Hunter (s) the Lightweight Men's Double Sculls semifinal A/B at the Shunyi Rowing and Canoeing Park during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Picture: FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images

The BBC’s John Inverdale struggled to stop the emotion coming over in his voice as he had to introduce the next race.

But Purchase, who won gold in Beijing in 2008, told the Free Press what SportsAid does and why it was behind so many medals at London 2012.