Homecoming celebration for Olympic and Paralympic heroes

James Harrison

A homecoming celebration for returning Olympic and Paralympic athletes is due to be held in Marlow.

Past and present champions, including rowers Katherine Grainger and Naomi Riches, and hockey player Alex Danson are to be at Higginson Park on Sunday.

The group, which will also include Amber Hill, who made the semi-finals of the skeet shooting but just missed out on a medal, will be at the venue from 2pm for photos and autographs, before a formal reception at 3pm.

Other Olympians and Paralympians are also expected to be announced ahead of the event.

Grainger, who is also a member of Marlow Rowing Club, picked up her fifth Olympic medal in Rio, while Danson scored five on her way to a final against reigning champions the Netherlands which the Team GB women won on penalties.

Riches won gold at the London 2012 Paralympics and on September 23 became the first woman to row the Thames, managing to complete the 170-mile journey in just under 48 hours.

Cllr Mahboob Hussain (Con, Abbey), chairman of Wycombe District Council, said: “The whole country is so proud of the amazing success of our Olympians and Paralympians.

“The fact that this area has produced, and will continue to produce, elite sportsmen and women, who compete at national and international level, is something that everyone in the Wycombe district can be proud of.

“As well as the personal skills, talent and dedication of each of the individual sports men and women, we are also celebrating the dedication of the people who have also played a big part in that success too.

 “Our event is about celebrating achievement and success, and saluting our athletes, as well as all the people who have played a part in their sports careers and who will continue to play a part in supporting the Olympians and Paralympians of the future.”

Visit www.wycombe.gov.uk to find out more.

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