Warmest congratulations to all the Maidenhead athletes who took part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games at Rio – and brought home an amazing haul of medals.
In the Olympic Games, Helen Richardson-Walsh, Kate Richardson-Walsh and Hannah MacLeod took Gold in the Women’s Hockey. On the water, Helen Glover took Gold in the coxless pairs with Heather Stanning and Liam Heath won gold in the men’s 200m canoe sprint. Liam also took silver with Jon Schofield in the men’s K2 200m and Katherine Grainger, rowing in her fifth successive Olympic Games, took Silver in the women’s Double Sculls with Victoria Thornley.
In the inspiring Paralympic Games, golden success came for dressage rider Sophie Christiansen (winning THREE golds)) and canoeist Jeanette Chippington (participating in her sixth Paralympics at the age of 46)), while single sculler Tom Aggar won a bronze medal in the ASM1x single sculls. On wheels, Katie-George Dunleavy, who competed for Ireland but lives in Maidenhead and is visually impaired, won gold in the women’s B 30km tandem road trial alongside pilot Eve McCrystal and silver in the women’s B 1000km tandem road time trial.
That’s an awful lot of medals for a single town! Let’s hope the Mayor gives all the athletes a civic reception at the Town Hall.