Olympics: Victory parade planned for Team GB athletes

  • 6 August 2012
  • From the section UK
Team GB showjumpers
Image caption (Left to right) Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles won Team GB's 17th gold medal

The whole of Team GB will be invited to take part in a victory parade through central London in September, to honour their Olympic and Paralympic glory.

The British Olympic Association said the event was planned for 10 September.

The announcement came as Team GB took their gold medal tally to 18 - with triumphs in showjumping and cycling.

Earlier, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said ministers want to boost participation in sport in schools on the back of Team GB's success.

Celebration of achievement

The British Olympic Association (BOA) would release few details about the parade, but said it would celebrate the achievements of all British athletes who participated in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The BOA spokeswoman said the route is likely to be from the Guildhall to the Mall, though this could change.

There are 542 athletes in Team GB's Olympic team alone, but it is not known whether all athletes would choose to participate in the parade.

The news came on the day Mr Hunt told the BBC that school sports provision is "patchy", and said ministers wanted to increase participation on the back of Team GB's Olympic success.

"Primary schools is where it all starts and catching people young is incredibly important," he said.

He added that MPs wanted to ensure the "best examples are spread throughout the country" and have backed an Olympic-style event for schools.

The Department for Education allocates funding for school sports provision in England, while the devolved administrations take on the responsibility in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Medal glory

Elsewhere, a 34-year old man has pleaded not guilty to a public order offence, after a bottle was thrown onto the track at the start of the men's Olympic 100m final on Sunday.

Ashley Gill-Webb, from South Milford near Leeds, was granted conditional bail at Stratford Magistrates' Court and told he would face trial at Thames Magistrates' Court on 3 September.

On the 10th day of the Games, Team GB's showjumpers won gold after a jump-off with the Netherlands.

The British quartet - Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles - secured Great Britain's first showjumping gold since the 1952 Helsinki Games.

And Jason Kenny added to the cycling team's haul of medals by outclassing world champion Gregory Bauge in the final of the men's sprint,

Veteran Team GB gymnast Beth Tweddle earlier won a bronze medal in the uneven bars final.

The 27-year old has held four world titles and is the most decorated British gymnast but this final is likely to be her last appearance at elite level.

In other developments:

  • The BBC said overnight ratings showed 20 million UK TV viewers saw Usain Bolt win gold in the 100m final, the highest audience for live sporting action at the Games so far. Some 19.4 million people watched the race on BBC1 and another 600,000 viewed the action via the red button service
  • Anthony Ogogo has guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal, after beating German Stefan Hartel 15-10 in his men's middleweight boxing quarter-final
  • Other Team GB medal hopes on Day 10 include windsurfer Nick Dempsey - in the running for an Olympic silver medal with one race left
  • Britain's Perri Shakes-Drayton is out of the women's 400m hurdles final, after Czech athlete Denisa Rosolova successfully appealed against her disqualification and was reinstated
  • Dai Greene finished fourth in the men's 400m hurdles. He said he gave it "everything I had" but was "tired" in the end
  • Lord Coe told the BBC how a chance meeting with an Olympics volunteer proved to be a "seismic moment"

Demand for Olympic tickets remains high with more than two million people going on the London 2012 website on Sunday, Games organisers said.

Great Britain are still third in the medal table, with 18 golds, 11 silver and 11 bronze.

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