Equestrians join Olympic and Paralympic Heroes Parade
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16 Oct 08

Equestrians join Olympic and Paralympic Heroes Parade

Individual and team bronze medalist Tina Cook and her bronze medalist team mate, Sharon Hunt join the Paralympians, Sophie Christiansen, Felicity Coultard, Anne Dunham, Simon Laurens and Lee Pearson for the Heroes Victory Parade through London today, starting at Mansion House in the City at 11am.

Rightfully leading the way in the first of 12 floats will be Team GB and ParalympicsGB’s all-conquering cycling teams. Triple Beijing gold medallist Chris Hoy will be accompanied by fellow Olympic Champions Nicole Cooke, Victoria Pendleton and Rebecca Romero alongside Paralympic Champions Sarah and Barney Storey, Rachel Morris and Simon Richardson, among others.

Closely following the cyclists in float two will be Britain’s outstanding rowers who will have no fewer than 22 Olympic medals on show after once again dominating on the water. They will be joined by Paralympic rowing champions Tom Aggar and Helene Raynsford, who became the first athletes to win Paralympic rowing golds, when the sport made its debut at the Games this summer.

Floats three to five will contain the Olympic and Paralympic athletics squads, including London’s own Olympic 400m Champion Christine Ohuruogu and two-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir. Wheelchair tennis medallists Peter Norfolk and Jamie Burdekin will also be aboard this float.

Team GB’s first ever taekwondo medallist Sarah Stevenson will accompany modern pentathlon silver medallist Heather Fell on float six. They will be joined by the Olympic and Paralympic equestrian teams including Beijing triple gold medallist Lee Pearson.

Look out for Briton’s sailors on float seven. Having convincingly ruled the waves in China, all of Team GB’s Olympic gold medallists, including triple Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie, will be present to join the party atmosphere in London.

Gold medallist boxer James Degale will be punching the air with delight from float eight, along with Britain’s medal-winning Paralympic archers. Powerhouse canoeing champion Tim Brabants and Britain’s two Paralympic football teams will be conducting the crowds from float ten.

Fourteen-year-old Olympic diving sensation Tom Daley will be joined on float eleven by eleven-time Paralympic gold medallist Dave Roberts. Britain’s pair of double gold medallist swimmers will bring up the rear on the twelfth and final float as thirteen-year-old Paralympian Eleanor Simmonds will be beside Rebecca Adlington to complete the line up of heroes.

The parade is due to begin in front of the Mansion House in the City at 11am. The athletes will travel down Great Victoria Street and past St Paul’s Cathedral. They will head down Fleet Street, past the Royal Courts of Justice and down the Strand.

The first float is due to arrive in Trafalgar Square at around 12:30pm. The athletes are due to assemble on the north terrace overlooking the square with proceedings expected to have been finished by 1.30pm.

All timings are approximate and details are subject to change. Route information is available at www.london.gov.uk

Order of floats:

1. Cycling

2. Rowing

3. Athletics, Wheelchair Tennis

4. Athletics, Weightlifting, Wheelchair Basketball

5. Athletics

6. Triathlon, Modern Pentathlon, Taekwondo, Equestrian, Table Tennis

7. Sailing, Gymnastics, Wheelchair Rugby

8. Boxing, Archery, Badminton

9. Hockey, Shooting, Boccia

10. Canoeing, Fencing, Judo, Football

11. Swimming, Diving

12. Swimming


· A map of the route can be found on www.london.gov.uk . Members of the public wishing to find out additional information should call the Public Liaison Unit at the Greater London Authority on 020 7983 4100.

· Road closures will be in place starting at approximately 10am.

· The public should check public transport in advance, including changes to bus routes, tube station closures, or tube entrance closures. For travel information, visit www.tfl.gov.uk .

· For additional information relating to road closures contact 020 7983 4856.


1. The Heroes Parade is proudly supported by Visa, BT, Lloyds TSB and BP.

2. Greater London Authority website: www.london.gov.uk .

3. British Olympic Association website: www.olympics.org.uk .

4. ParalympicsGB website: www.paralympics.org.uk .

5. London 2012 website: www.london2012.com

6. City of London website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk .