Welsh athletes in Olympic parade

Crowds line the route of the victory parade Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Some of Wales' Olympic and Paralympic heroes have paraded through the streets of central London today to mark the end of the 2012 Games.

Among them were rowers Tom James and Chris Bartley, discus-thrower and shot-putter Aled Davies, and archer Pippa Britton.

Welsh athletes secured seven medals in the Olympics and 15 in the Paralympics - bringing the Welsh medal haul to 22.

Up to 700 British Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including more than 90% of the medal winners, took part in the parade in total.

Aled Davies won a gold medal in F42 discus and a bronze in the shot-put at the Paralympic Games.

The 21-year-old from Bridgend said he was 'lapping up the amazing atmosphere'.

Meanwhile Swansea-based swimmer Ellie Simmonds has brushed off her 'Paralympics Golden Girl' tag, saying: "I think every athlete has been amazing."

When asked what memory she would take away from the Games, the 17-year-old instantly replied: "The crowd... the support has been unbelievable."

Chair of Sport Wales, Professor Laura McAllister, says that Welsh athletes have done exceptionally well at the Olympic and Paralympic games.

It's been tremendously successful. Without a doubt, we couldn't have really hoped for much more from our athletes. We've given them every possible support to get to the level that they have done, and together with their coaches and support teams they've done exceptionally well.

– Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales