Yorkshire's Olympic triathletes - the Brownlee brothers - were back in Leeds today to open a new sports facility which is right on their doorstep.
Alistair and Jonathan were joined by paralympic champion David Stone to open the Holt Park active centre which cost 28 million pounds to build. It is hoped the facility will offer services for the entire community as Rachel Townsend now reports.
Olympians Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee alongside Paralympian David Stone were at the opening of a new sports centre in Leeds. The £28m development in Holt Park will have a twenty five metre swimming pool, gym as well as hydrotherapy facilities.
Olympic triathlon stars Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee returned to a warm welcome in their home town of Horsforth today to open a new community centre named after them and local paralympic hero David Stone.
The brothers, who took gold and bronze at the London games, rode into town to meet fans and supporters. It's hoped the centre will encourage more youngsters to get involved in sport especially cycling. And it comes just a day after it was announced Yorkshire will host stages of the Tour de France.
Aa lot has been talked about the legacy of the London Olympics. Would it really encourage youngsters to take up sport, and inspire the next generation of Olympians?
If you wanted a great example of the positive effect of the games, you should have been in Bingley last night, as triathlon Gold and Bronze medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee went back to their roots.
West Yorkshire's very own world champion triathlete Jonathan Brownlee and Leeds' world junior diving champion Jack Laugher will be joined by Britain's Got Talent's Loveable Rogue and Tyler James from The Voice to help Leeds celebrate its Christmas lights switch-on.
The all-star party-line up doesn't stop there,Leeds Rhinos and England captain Kevin Sinfield will be there with the Super League trophy as well as the Rugby League World Cup trophy.
A gang from Leeds United will also be at the event - manager Neil Warnock along with some of his first-team players.
"The annual Christmas Lights Switch-On is a great family event and this year's line-up will make for a fantastic and fun evening. With musical performances and celebrating the amazing success of Leeds sports stars and our London 2012 athletes, there is something for everyone to enjoy and a perfect opportunity to really get into the Christmas spirit."
– Councillor Adam Ogilvie
It's set to take place at Victoria Gardens in the city centre tonight at 6.45pm.
Tributes for Leeds athlete Jonathan Brownlee who this weekend was crowned the ITU World Triathlon Champion in New Zealand.
Jonathan took bronze in this year's London Olympics whilst his brother, Alistair, clinched gold.
"Massive congratulations to Jonny Brownlee for becoming world triathlon champion. It is a fantastic achievement and coupled with both his and his brother Alistair’s success at the Olympics it means they are now getting richly-deserved national recognition for their amazing performances. They are wonderful ambassadors for Leeds and Yorkshire and we are immensely proud of them both. Well done Jonny and best wishes for more success next year.”