Etienne Stott's Olympic Homecoming
Bedford’s Olympic gold medallist, Etienne Stott will be welcomed
back to the borough on Saturday 29th September with a parade
through the town centre and the unveiling of the Etienne Stott
White Water Arena.
Etienne will be joined by Games Makers and Torchbearers as well
as volunteers who were involved in pre-games training camps in the
The Olympic celebration will travel from De Parys Avenue, down
the High Street and along the Embankment. It will be joined by a
parade of kayaks and canoes from Etienne’s club, the Viking Kayak
Club, on the river itself. The parade will then move on to
the Duckmill Weir White Water Arena which is to be renamed ‘Etienne
Stott White Water Arena’ in recognition of the former Biddenham
Upper School students’ Olympic success this summer.
The parade starts on De Parys Avenue at 1pm and local residents
and visitors are invited to line the route and cheer all the
borough representatives from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic
Games. Local residents and visitors are also encouraged to bring a
picnic to Mill Meadows and enjoy the celebrations.
Councillor Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and
Culture, said: “The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games gave
all of us so many memorable moments, including the gold medal for
Etienne Stott and it is excellent news that we are able to put on
this celebration on the 29th September.
“I hope the streets will be packed to provide a fitting welcome
home and celebration. It is also excellent news that we will be
able to ensure a legacy for Etienne’s achievements by renaming the
Duckmill Weir White Water Arena the Etienne Stott White Water Arena
which we hope will inspire the next generation of athletes and
competitors in Bedford.
“However, it is also important that we celebrate the roles that
many other Bedford Borough residents played in the Olympic and
Paralympic Games this summer. The Torchbearers who carried the
Olympic Torch through Bedford Borough on the 8th July helped to
kick off the wonderful summer of sport. While anyone who visited
the Olympic or Paralympic Games will know what an excellent job the
army of volunteers and Games Makers did to help welcome the
spectators every day.
“I hope many local residents will come to join in the
celebration and line the route through the town centre and provide
a fitting welcome for Etienne Stott and everyone involved with the
Olympics in the borough.”
Torch bearers and Games Makers are invited to join the
parade. All participants are asked to meet on De Parys Avenue from