Heather and Helen strike Gold

Sporting history was made in our region today as Team GB won their first 2012 Gold. And the golden girls are both from Reading.

Historic win for Reading pair

Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have been hit by the enormity of their achievement winning Britain's first gold medal.

Gold for Reading rowing pair

Great Britain celebrated it first gold of the Games after Helen Glover and Heather Stanning - who are based in Reading - stormed to victory.

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Olympic rower receives Army medal for tour of duty

by Sally Simmonds

The Olympic champion Heather Stanning, who won the first gold medal for Great Britain at London 2012 - today received a medal of a different kind.

Captain Stanning was presented with an operational medal at her barracks in Thorney Island in Sussex. It follows a six month tour - in Afghanistan.

The army officer and her team mate Helen Glover, won Team GB’s first Gold Medal at the London 2012 games in the rowing women’s pair.

The Royal Artillery officer told our reporter Sally Simmonds - she now has her heart set on a second gold - in Rio.


Windsor Castle to celebrate rowers

Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning being interviewed by ITV this morning. Credit: ITV Meridian

Images of British rowers, past and present, will be beamed on to Windsor Castle to celebrate the Olympic rowing competition.

The four-night light show begins on Saturday and is set to feature "action shots" of rowers such as Olympic winners Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who train in Reading.

London 2012 chairman Lord Sebastian Coe said he was "delighted" the landmark was acting as a backdrop to the rowing competition.


Soldiers celebrate Stanning's success

Heather Stanning's colleagues in Afghanistan have shared her celebration after winning Olympic gold. Credit: MOD

Heather Stanning's colleagues in Afghanistan have shared her celebration after winning Olympic gold.

Stanning and partner Helen Glover, both based in Reading, beat the Australian team into second place to win the Women’s pair earlier in Eaton Dorney - and Great Britain's first gold.

The Royal Artillery Captain was roared on by her fellow soldiers all along the 2,000-metre course.

After winning gold Heather said she was shattered and ecstatic and had this message for her colleagues in Afghanistan: “Thanks for all the support, I know you have been watching and supporting me all along and I am proud to be associated with you and hope to see you all when you get home.”

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