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Helen Glover Welcomed Home

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5:50am 20th August 2012
(Updated 5:50am 20th August 2012)

Penzance has welcomed home its Olympic champion.

Rower Helen Glover has paraded through the streets to mark her medal winning moment.

Thousands turned out, wrapped in union jacks and the flag of St Piran. They cheered as her open topped bus passed by, on its way to her old school, Humphry Davy.

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

On a golden Sunday, Penzance and Newlyn marked her achievement. Helen arrived aboard the Penlee lifeboat. Alongside her gig crews saluted her with their oars.

Four years ago she had hardly picked one up, making her achievement even more remarkable.

Pirate FM was onboard the victory procession. Helen told us, "We went out on the lifeboat and when we came off people were there, waiting. Everyone's just been so supportive and I'm just so excited to see everyone. Being back home is what I've been waiting for pretty much since I crossed the line.

"It's just so good to have the impact that people are coming up and saying, 'How do I start rowing or whatever sport it is.' Everyone's just thinking about getting involved. Not wanting to be the best, because that doesn't actually matter. It's about participation and enjoying it."

See pictures from the day here...

5:50am 20th August 2012

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