Heroes' Return

Start time:

September 18, 2021 9:30 AM

End time:

September 18, 2021 1:30 PM

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You are invited to join Henley Town Council and Leander Club as we celebrate our returning Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

The day will begin with a media reception and breakfast at Leander Club from 9.30am

Peter O Hanlon, who is coordinating the Heroes’ Return with Henley Town Council, will recount Team GB’s achievements during the morning reception. Afterwards, some of the athletes will head out on the water for a ‘row past’ heading towards the River & Rowing Museum and then to Upper Thames Rowing Club. If conditions are favourable, Peter, who covered Tokyo Olympics, may even set up some ‘mini-races’. The crews will return to Leander by 11:15 am.

Once off the water, the athletes will board an open-top bus. They will leave Leander Club at approximately 11:25am and take a tour of the town via Hart Street, New Street and Bell Street, arriving at the town hall at around 12:10am.

Eight rowers from Henley Rowing Club will form an arch made from blades (oars)

In addition to supporting the returning Olympians Henley rowing club will have a presence in the Market Place with members available to talk about opportunities to try rowing with rowing machines available for anyone who would like to have a go

The Mayor of Henley, Councillor Sarah Miller, and Leander Club captain Jack Beaumont, who won silver in the men’s quadruple sculls in Tokyo, will give speeches on the steps of the town hall.

The Olympians and Paralympians will then meet and greet the public in the Market Place, posing for photos and signing photographs for fans until 1pm. The athlete photographs have been provided by the Henley Standard in support of the event. Flags, chocolate medals and Leander Club Hippos will be handed out.

They will then head back to Leander for a reception with club members and their guests. They will be joined by the Mayor of Henley, Councillor Sarah Miller.

Key Timings:

9:30 Breakfast and Media Briefing at Leander Club

10-11:15   Row Past heading towards the River and Rowing Museum and then to Upper Thames    Rowing Club

11:25 Open top bus leaves Leander for town Hall Via Hart Street, Bell Street, New Street, Thameside North and Hart Street

12:10 Bus arrives at Town Hall

12:15-12:55 Athletes arrive at Town Hall. Guard of Honour, Speeches and Photos

13:00-13:10 Athletes return to Leander on Open Top Bus, accompanied by Mayor.

13:10 Athletes and party welcomed back to Leander by President.