Rachel - viewer with all the right answers

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 March, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 March, 1993, 12:00am

RACHEL Pike returned to her Clapham Common home in London after a three-week holiday in Australia in January.

Having just travelled halfway around the world, she turned on her answering machine to digest three weeks' worth of messages, only to discover to her delight that she would be going on another long journey.

The 27-year-old had forgotten that several weeks ago she had entered the Radio Times and BBC's Question Of Sport viewers quiz.

Her answering machine was buzzing with congratulatory messages from her friends, informing her that she had won an all-expenses paid trip to the Hongkong Sevens.

She arrived in Hongkong on Thursday with her 29-year-old boyfriend Peter Jones, who, she revealed, was the brains behind her win.

''Peter is a sports fanatic and it was because of him that I won,'' said Pike. ''We both entered the competition.

''I came back from Australia and couldn't believe it when I turned on the answering machine.'' Pike's name was fished out on the air from a heap of letters containing hundreds of correct answers to the quiz.

Well-known English commentator, David Coleman, who hosts the show, screened four series of clips, with each clip containing a famous sportsman the viewers had to identify.

Pike correctly identified New Zealand cricketer Sir Richard Hadlee, Argentinian soccer great Osvaldo Ardiles, England former rugby union international Tony Neary and Britain's Olympic 100 metres sprint champion Linford Christie.

Contestants also had to take the initials of the four sportsmen and spell out a place in England. The answer was CHARLTON.

But the luck of the draw could have blessed her with one of four prizes. The main prize was a trip to Sri Lanka to watch the Island nation take on England in a one-off Test match against match.

It was followed by the Hongkong Sevens, a trip to Florida for the Tournament Players' Golf Championships and a flight to Paris to watch Europe's richest race, the Arc de Triomphe.

Pike was thankful that she had nabbed the Hongkong Sevens prize.

''There were several prizes on offer but the Hongkong one was the one I wanted,'' said Pike, who will celebrate her 28th birthday the day after the Sevens. ''I know quite a bit about the Hongkong Sevens, but it's Peter who knows more.

''I always wanted to go to Hongkong and winning this has helped me achieve it.''