Bath to pay tribute to its Olympic and Paralympic heroes

11 September 2012

Bath will pay tribute to its London 2012 heroes as Olympic and Paralympic athletes take an open-top bus parade through the city tomorrow (Wednesday 12 September).

Athletes who train at the University of Bath won medals at both the London 2012 Olympic and the Paralympic Games.

Residents will get the opportunity to celebrate their achievements tomorrow as the parade winds its way through the city’s historic streets.

Among the athletes on the bus will be swimmer Michael Jamieson, who won silver for Great Britain in the 200m breaststroke at the Olympics, and Samantha Murray, Britain’s last medallist at the Olympics – she won modern pentathlon silver.

Members of the GB rhythmic gymnastics group – the first time GB has competed in the event at the Olympic Games – will also be on the bus.Michael Jamieson. Photo: Vaughn Ridley/

They will be joined by sprinter Ben Rushgrove, who won bronze in the T36 200m at the Paralympic Games to ensure he medalled at back-to-back Games following his T36 100m silver medal in Beijing.

Liz Johnson, who won SB6 100m breaststroke bronze at the London Paralympics Games to add to her silver in Athens and gold in Beijing, will also be on the bus. Sixteen-year-old Sophie Kamlish, who reached two finals at her first Paralympic Games, will also there.

The parade has been jointly organised by Bath and North East Somerset Council and the University of Bath.

Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, said: “British athletes have inspired our nation this summer and it is fitting that residents of Bath have the opportunity to show their appreciate to those who base themselves at the University of Bath.

The parade is due to set off from the University of Bath Sports Training Village, training base for 25 athletes who competed at the Olympics and six at the Paralympics, at 11.00 and the tour is due to end at the Assembly Rooms in Bennett Street at about 12.00

It’s route will take it down Bathwick Hill, then along Great Pulteney Street, left after Pulteney Bridge, right at Orange Grove and it along High Street, past the Guildhall.

It will then turn left into Milsom Street, which it will travel up, then right into George Street, left into Landsown Road and then left into Bennett Street.

The athletes will then be welcomed to the Assembly Rooms for a Civic Reception hosted by Councillor Rob Appleyard, Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council.

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