A welcome home for Wrexham's Olympic winners

Tom James
A celebration is being held in Wrexham to honour Tom James and Chris Bartley's success at London 2012 Photo: Sport Wales

Two of Wrexham's Olympians will be given a heroes welcome this afternoon when they return to the town for the first time since competing at London 2012.

Rowers Tom James and Chris Bartley will attend an event being held in their honour this afternoon.

The WOW event - Wrexham's Olympic Winners will see the town's young sporting ambassadors and elite athletes form a special guard of honour to escort the athletes to the Guildhall where they will receive a civic welcome by the Mayor before making an appearance on the balcony.

We want this event to be an occasion that everyone can enjoy and show their appreciation for the significant achievements of our three Olympians.

The theme of the London 2012 Olympics was to inspire a generation and these athletes have certainly done that for young people in Wrexham.

There are many clubs and associations in Wrexham that offer Olympic sports' training such as swimming and fencing, tennis and gymnastics and we hope the London 2012 Olympics and the successes of Tom, Chris and Vicky will inspire them to want to achieve success in sports.

Everyone will be welcome to enjoy the activities on the green and give a very warm Wrexham welcome to our returning Olympians."

– Leader of Wrexham Council, Cllr Neil Rogers

The celebration follows the pairs success at the games.

Tom James secured his second gold medal at the London 2012 games as part of the men's coxless fours

This afternoon the 28 year-old double Olympic gold medallist will be granted the freedom of Wrexham borough in recognition of his achievement.

Chris Bartley won a silver medal and Wales' first of the London games as part of the lightweight men's four.

A big screen will be set up on the green, at Llwyn Isaf, to show footage of Wrexham's young athletes and highlights from the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.

The public are being encouraged to come along to show their support for their homegrown Olympians and also have the opportunity to try their hand at a number of different sporting activities.