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Victory bus tour for Cornish Olympian

Gold medal winners Heather Stanning and Helen Glover Photo: ITV Westcountry

Hundreds are expected to line the streets to congratulate the 26 year old, who won gold in the Women's Pairs event at Eton Dorney alongside Heather Stanning.

Helen only began competing in her sport in 2008 having never picked up an oar before. She had responded to an advert for the Sporting Giants programme, which was designed to create future athletes for the London 2012 Games.

Helen Glover only started rowing in 2008 Credit: ITV Westcountry

A former student at Humphry Davy School in Penzance, Helen will be accompanied on the open topped ‘Victory Bus’ by the school’s brass band. She will also be joined by local sporting figures, torch bearers, close friends and family.

The ‘Victory Bus’ will depart from Newlyn Quarry on Sunday and will travel past Helen’s parents’ Ice Cream shop and the Golden Post Box near the harbour, before making its way through town to Humphry Davy School.

Former Penzance schoolgirl Helen Glover to be guest of honour Credit: ITV Westcountry

There, Helen will be the guest of honour at a Civic Reception with family, dignitaries, former teachers, sporting coaches, team mates and school friends.

Helen is still very much in touch with the school and is such a good role model. The children can see that they have someone at that level that went to a state school in Penzance. It is an incredible achievement and she is an ambassador for Humphry Davy School, Penzance and Cornwall.

– Kate Finch, Helen’s former PE Teacher at Humphry Davey school

For me, Helen Glover epitomises exactly the vision of Lord Coe when the London 2012 Olympic bid was submitted and he talked about a 'lasting legacy.

– Bill Marshall, Headteacher at Humphry Davy School:
Helen Glover has a stamp to commemorate gold medal win Credit: Royal Mail

The bus tour will take the following route:

11.30 am Departs Newlyn Quarry

Along the Promenade to the Harbour Car Park

Up Albert Street

Market Jew Street

The Greenmarket

Alverton Street (the bus will make a short stop at St John’s Hall for a greeting by the Town Mayor)

Penalverne Drive

Right into St Clare Street

Left into Taroveor Road

Left in Tolver Road

Arriving at Humphry Davy School at approx. 1.00pm