Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Henley celebrates its sporting heroes

HENLEY’S Olympic rowers were given a heroes' welcome to celebrate their success in the Rio games.

HENLEY’S Olympic rowers were given a heroes' welcome to celebrate their success in the Rio games.

Thousands of people lined the streets as they paraded through the town centre in an open top bus.

Great Britain’s finest oarsmen and oarswomen waved to the crowds as they cheered, applauded and waved Union flags.

Twelve rowers from Leander Club returned from Rio with three gold medals and two silvers, bringing the club's total number of Olympic medals to 123.

Twenty athletes were part of the celebrations which began with a row past from Leander, to the River and Rowing Museum, back downstream to Upper Thames Rowing Club before returning to Leander.

The bus tour then took place before each athlete was introduced to the crowd outside the town hall.

Crowds cheered as each rower walked out, down the steps and down a red carpet.


Representatives from Leander, Henley, Upper Thames, Shiplake Vikings and Shiplake College, Phyllis Court the Oratory School and Marlow rowing clubs formed a guard of honour which the rowers walked through.

The athletes then met with the crowd where they signed autographs and posed for pictures.

They also gave out chocolate gold medals to children in the crowd.

After the parade a private reception was held at Leander Club.

For more, pick up a copy of the Henley Standard, out on Friday.




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