Gay athletes expected to join London Olympic victory parade

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, who was victim of anti-gay abuse during games, will join hundreds of athletes in parade through central London

Gay athletes expected to join London Olympic victory parade
10 September 2012

Gay British athletes from the Olympics and Paralympics are expected to join a victory parade through the center of London today (10 September).

Thousands will line the streets of the UK capital to watch London 2012 stars celebrate their success in the games on 21 floats.

Carl Hester was the only gay sportsman to represent Britain in the Olympics and took gold in the equestrian dressage event.

While gay equestrian Paralympian Lee Pearson also walked away with a gold medal in the team competition, as well as silver and bronze in dressage events.

Lesbian Claire Harvey, who captained the UK’s sitting volleyball team in the Paralympics, unfortunately missed out on a medal.

The parade starts from Guildhall in the City of London at 1.30pm and ends at The Mall.

There will also be a big screen in Trafalgar Square for spectators to watch the celebrations, which will also include a flypast by the British Airways plane that brought the Olympic flame to the UK and RAF display team the Red Arrows.

Pearson spoke of his pride of all the athletes who competed in the London 2012 games, which finally came to a close yesterday (9 September) at the Olympic park during a spectacular ceremony featuring performances from Rihanna and Coldplay.

‘I feel quite tired but so proud of #GreatBritain at the moment!!,’ tweeted Pearson. ‘#paralympic #Athletes, #supporters and #all’

Olympic diving bronze medallist Tom Daley, who was the victim of homophobic abuse on Twitter after he and Peter Waterfield missed out on medals in the 10 meter platform event, told the BBC: ‘Today really for me is about, and for the whole team, about going round and giving something back to all the sporting fans, all the people that supported us at the Olympic Games, at the Paralympic Games.

‘Hopefully, if we get lots of people out here today, it just really does give you a last kick of the Olympic buzz before it all finishes.’

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