Mike Stott, the father of Olympic canoeist Etienne, says he is "the proudest dad in the world" after his son won gold in the two-man slalom.
He said: "I think it's great for Bedford - we're good at water sports, we've just proved it!"
Etienne and team mate Tim Baillie powered their way to Olympic gold, beating fellow Brits David Florence and Richard Hounslow into Silver.
Olympic medal winners from the East have been welcomed back to the region
Some of the region's Olympians have been immortalised in Lego.
Olympic bronze medal winning hockey player, Chloe Rogers from Great Dunmow, returns to Essex.