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Penzance Prepares to Welcome Home Olympic Hero

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12:05pm 14th August 2012
(Updated 12:05pm 14th August 2012)

Penzance, Newlyn and Cornwall are preparing to welcome Olympic gold medal winner Helen Glover home.

She and rowing partner Heather Stanning were the first members of Team GB to win the top honour at the games.

Now an open top bus tour in her honour is being organised in her home town this Sunday, organised by her old school Humphry Davy.

HELEN GLOVER IMAGEHelen will be accompanied on the open topped 'Victory Bus' by the brass band of her former school, Humphry Davy.

She will be joined by local sporting figures, torch bearers, close friends and family as well as Pirate FM.

The 'Victory Bus' will depart from Newlyn Quarry between 11am and 11.30am and will travel past Helen's parents' Ice Cream shop and the Golden Post Box near the harbour, before making its way through town to Humphry Davy School.

A formal Civic Reception will be held at Humphry Davy School at 1.00pm, where she will be greeted by friends, family, dignitaries, former teachers, sporting coaches, team mates and school friends.

The people of Penzance Parish and Cornwall are immensely proud of Helen's achievements, as are Humphry Davy School governors, staff and students, present and past.

Kate Finch, Helen's former PE Teacher at the school said: "Helen is still very much in touch with the school and is such a good role model.  The children can see that they have someone at that level that went to a state school in Penzance.  It is an incredible achievement and she is an ambassador for Humphry Davy School, Penzance and Cornwall."

Headteacher of Humphry Davy Bill Marshall said: "For me, Helen Glover epitomises exactly the vision of Lord Coe when the London 2012 Olympic bid was submitted and he talked about a 'lasting legacy'.

"She has taken assemblies, provided 'hints and tips' on rowing technique and has provided video diaries to inspire the next generation of Olympians from Humphry Davy School. She is a fantastic role model with such a positive mental attitude to which all our students can aspire. More and more students have been encouraged and engaged in sport at the highest levels - the best kind of legacy from the games.

"Well done to Helen and Heather. So proud of you and look forward to meeting you soon!"

Bus Route

11.00 - 11.30 am Departs Newlyn
Along the Promenade to the Harbour Car Park
Up Albert Street
Market Jew Street
The Greenmarket
Alverton Street (the bus will make a short stop at St John's Hall for a greeting by the Town Mayor)
Penalverne Drive
Right into St Clare Street
Left into Taroveor Road
Left in Tolver Road
Arriving at Humphry Davy School at approximately 1.00pm

12:05pm 14th August 2012

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