TEAM YORKSHIRE HOMECOMING: Olympic and Paralympic heroes
Yorkshire’s stars of the Olympic and Paralympic Games were given a homecoming to remember at a major arena event on Sunday 10th October.
Having made history by representing their country at the Olympics and Paralympics, the athletes were unable to celebrate in front of a crowd at the Games as no spectators were present. But their achievements were given the celebration they deserved at the first direct arena in Leeds where fans, family and friends gave them a rousing welcome home.
The event, backed by Channel 4, saw 2016 Olympic medallist Nile Wilson and sports broadcaster Tanya Arnold host proceedings which included chats with leading lights from Kadeena Cox MBE, Jess Learmonth and Alex Bell to Jonny Brownlee, Adam Duggleby MBE and Bradly Sinden.
Headline entertainment included The Skylights, along with performances from Phoenix Dance Theatre, Yorkshire Prose’s live poetry, Bongo Warriors with Spark! LED drummers capping off the show.
A contribution towards SportsAid will be made from the sale of public tickets. Local grassroots sports clubs and organisations working with more vulnerable children and young people were also invited to attend for free.
All of Yorkshire’s 22 councils joined forces on the event, with Leeds City Council acting as lead organiser supported by Yorkshire and Humber Councils.
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