ATHLETICS

3 Gloucestershire athletes taking part in Manchester Olympic Parade

Three athletes from Gloucestershire are taking part in the Olympic Parade in Manchester today.

Pete Reed, Ashleigh Ball and Danielle Waterman are part of the celebrations.

Around 200,000 people are expected to line the streets to honour 350 of Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes.

Reed, who lives in Nailsworth, was part of the men’s four who followed up victories in 2008 and 2012 with another rowing gold medal in Rio.

Ball and her teammates won gold for Team GB in the women’s hockey.

Waterman, a University of Gloucestershire graduate, was part of the women’s rugby sevens team who finished fourth.

Former Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, gold medal boxer Nicola Adams and five-time gold medal winning swimmer Ellie Simmonds are also there.

The procession started at the Museum of Science and Industry and ended in Albert Square where the athletes gathered on stage.

Trafalgar Square will host another celebration in London on Tuesday.

Team GB enjoyed their best ever Olympic medal haul in Rio, returning home with 67 medals, two more than they won in London four years ago.

Paralympics GB also beat their performance at London, with 147 medals.

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