The Heroes Return

The GB girls take a selfie at the Athletes Parade

After the phenomenal summer of sport in which Team GB smashed records and struck gold with incredible regularity the Olympic heroes were welcomed home by the British public this week with a parade in Manchester followed by an audience of 6,000 fans in London’s Trafalgar Square. Despite the classic British weather in Manchester, thousands of people lined the streets, refusing to let their spirits be dampened by the rain.

There was some drama in the lead up to the event in Manchester as goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, currently plying her trade in the Netherlands, encountered some trouble with her flight. At the event in London, the athletes were brought out to rapturous ovations from the assembled masses with a particularly big cheer reserved for the women’s hockey team who captured their first ever Olympic gold medal in Rio.

Watch our highlights of the Heroes Return in Trafalgar Square

A delighted Georgie Twigg told Great Britain Hockey: “It’s fantastic to see so many people come out. This is what it’s all about. We love our sport and we get so much support from our friends, families, coaches and everyone watching. That’s why we do it.

It wasn't all about the girls, however as some of our men’s squad made the trip to London with Henry Weir taking the reins on Facebook live for a spell: There was music, interviews, fireworks and a rousing rendition of Rule Britannia to keep the fans and the athletes happy throughout. The massive crowd showed their appreciation for the whole of Team GB and with the players lapping up the applause there was still time for a photo opportunity with a very special super fan:
With the Mayor of London happy with the photos it was on to Buckingham Palace for an audience with the Royal Family. Not a bad day, all in all!