Heroes of Rio to be celebrated in Manchester and London

The Herculean efforts and record medal haul of Team GB will be celebrated in style with a parade through the streets of Manchester and an event in London.

The Government is working with the British Olympic Association (BOA), British Paralympic Association (BPA), Manchester City Council and The Mayor of London’s Office on the events which will take place in October, when our Paralympians have returned from Rio.

They will build upon the thousands of I Am Team GB events taking place all over the country next Saturday, August 27, which will allow communities to come together and get involved in sport alongside some of our Olympic heroes.

The Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“For the past fortnight, the people of the United Kingdom have been filled with pride as we’ve watched our Olympians take victory in so many sports with power, grace and control. In every discipline and at every stage, Team GB have shown the world what we’re made of: determination, dignity and true sportsmanship.

“They haven’t just made history; by showing just how far talent and hard work can take you, they have inspired the next generation. They have also shown the importance of supporting elite sport, and that is something this Government remains wholly committed to.

“The euphoria of London 2012 didn’t end four years ago, and it doesn’t end now – we still have the Paralympic Games to look forward to. It will continue on the streets of Britain as we plan a parade in Manchester, alongside the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations. It will be a celebration fit for heroes – and rightly so, because that is exactly what they are.”

Bill Sweeney, Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association, said:

“It is great that Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes will be celebrated for their achievements. The British public have a fantastic opportunity to meet their returning Rio heroes within the next week through the series of nationwide I Am Team GB events.

“We thank Government for their support and look forward to them confirming further details of the planned events.”

Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association said:

“The nation has witnessed fantastic performances from Team GB at the Olympics and we now look forward, we hope, to many more medal moments at the Paralympic Games that start in two weeks’ time.

“We have not yet won a single medal so we cannot be complacent or plan now to celebrate with any certainty. However, it is right that our athletes’ dedication, commitment and performances is every bit as recognised by the British public and so we hope very much to join our colleagues from Team GB when the hard work is over for ParalympicsGB.”

Cllr Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said:

“On behalf of the whole of Manchester, we couldn’t be more thrilled to host the national parade for our Olympic and Paralympic heroes. We will be sure to show our athletes the meaning of celebration.

“The city has been a medal factory, pumping out golds as the home of British Cycling and British Taekwondo. It’s fantastic to see the product of years of hard work and training at the centres of excellence in east Manchester. A huge congratulations to all Team GB athletes.”

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said:

“Our athletes have performed heroics in Rio and their exploits have gripped the entire nation.

“In addition to the parade announced by the Government in Manchester, I am delighted to confirm that there will be an event in London to allow people to celebrate the phenomenal achievements of our Olympians and Paralympians. My team will continue to work with the Government and sports chiefs to help develop plans for wonderful celebrations.”

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