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Penzance Rower Helen Glover Honoured

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8:01am 19th August 2012

Penzance welcomes home its Olympic champion.

Rower Helen Glover paraded through the streets in an open top bus on Sunday to mark her medal winning moment.

Hundreds of people turned out in the streets to cheer her on.

Helen and partner Heather Stanning were the first members of Team GB to strike gold at the games.

The Pirate FM local hero award winner said she cannot believe what has happened:

"Four years ago I'd just started rowing and I think it shows look try it, just do it. Anyone can do anything if they work hard and have a great support team like I had"

Helen's mum Rachel said it has put Penzance on the map:

"Helen's always been determined, never gives up tries her hardest at any sporting activity she takes up and takes it seriously. She does have that mental ability to be focussed and perform well and get the best out of herself"

"It shows that it's not a real hardship or setback to be right at the very end of the line. You can still make it on the major stage. You can compete with the top of the world"

After the parade there was a private reception at her old school, Humphry Davy where she met up with old friends, teachers and team mates.

Head Bill Marshall said:

"There's no denying we've had students come up to us afterwards and said how much encouragement they've taken from seeing someone who's come from the same background as them, big fish in a small pond even, but they can see that people can go on and do fantastic things"

"One of the things that Helen has drawn on is very much around knowing that in the background there are all those people in the local community who are there cheering her on, supporting her, being there for her and that's what's so special about our local community. That we're in there for each other. The one and all idea throughout Cornwall"

Kerry Blewett has been mates with Helen since they were little and tells Pirate FM she has inspired a generation...

"She's always been an amazing athlete and anyone that knows her will know that she's always been very active, very committed to her sport so, I would have been very surprised if she didn't medal. It's very unlike Helen to do something and not do well at it"

8:01am 19th August 2012

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