8 Incredible Olympians from the North
Are you still buzzing with excitement from the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games? Us too. Luckily the Olympic parade is coming to Manchester on 17 October, so there’s no need to stop the celebrations just yet.
There’s no better home for the parade when we consider that the North is home to some of the UK’s most decorated sportspeople. Because we’re big on Northern pride, we’ve put together a list of some of the best to get you inspired…
1. Jason Kenny, Cycling
Nicknamed “The Farnworth Flame”, Bolton born cyclist Jason Kenny is a local hero. Jason is the joint holder of the largest number of Gold medals by a British athlete (6), alongside fellow cyclist Chris Hoy. Jason still lives and trains in the north – in fact, the training centre for Team GB's track cycling athletes is based at the National Cycling Centre. Have you been?
2. Katharine Grainger, Rowing
Owning the impressive title of Britain’s most successful female Olympian, Katherine Grainger most definitely belongs on this list! Hailing from Glasgow, Katherine’s impressive achievements include 5 Olympic medals and 6 World Championship wins. As well as this, she has also been awarded an MBE and CBE for her services to rowing.
3 and 4. Brownlee brothers, Triathlon
Proud Yorkshiremen Alistair and Jonny Brownlee are World Champion triathletes. The brothers grew up in Dewsberry, West Yorkshire, and credit the tough terrain and inspiring northern landscape to their success. Together, they’ve won Commonwealth, Olympic, World and European medals – quite the collection we think you’ll agree!
5. Kate Richardson-Walsh, Hockey
Fresh from winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics, we’re sure you’ll be as inspired by hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh as we are. Born and raised in Manchester, Kate has that tough northern spirit – in 2012 she continued to play for her team despite suffering a broken jaw. In February she also became the most capped female player in Great Britain’s history.
6. Jessica Ennis-Hill, Heptathlon
Another Olympian with northern roots, Jessica Ennis-Hill is a name you’ll recognise. The Sheffield born athlete is a well decorated Olympian, most memorably winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics, and silver at the 2016 Olympics, in her chosen sport of heptathlon.
7. Nicola Adams, Boxing
With a title like ‘The world’s first female Olympic boxing champion’, we don’t need to tell you why Leeds born Nicola Adams belongs on this list. As well as a number of Olympic medals including Great Britain’s first ever gold, her services to boxing have led to her receiving an MBE.
8. Andy Murray, Tennis
We think no list of Northern and Scottish athletes would be complete without Andy Murray. The Glasgow born tennis player is currently ranked number 2 in the world, and his list of sporting achievements include US Open, Olympic Singles and Wimbledon Championships. We think you’ll agree his most impressive moment was in 2013, when he became the first British male in 77 years to win Wimbledon.
The parade is a great way to show your support for our Olympic and Paralympic heroes – all you need to do is book cheap train tickets to Manchester to recapture the spirit of the Games. Going along to cheer them on? Remember to get social and send us your pictures on Twitter and Facebook.
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