Plymouth celebrate Ben Proud's Commonwealth success

Plymouth prepare to welcome home double gold Commonwealth medalist Ben Proud.

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Ben Proud comes home to crowds

Ben Proud meets the crowds at Plymouth's Life Centre Credit: ITV West Country

Plymouth swimmer Ben Proud has arrived home in Plymouth after winning two golds at the Commonwealth Games.

He received an enthusiastic reception from a young crowd inspired by his success.

He even had time to pose for pictures with his fans, including our reporter Jacquie Bird.

Ben Proud meets reporter Jacquie Bird Credit: ITV West Country

Plymouth Life Centre prepares to welcome home Ben Proud

Youngsters gather at Plymouth's Life Centre to welcome home Ben Proud Credit: ITV West Country

Plymouth swimming star Ben Proud will be welcomed home to Plymouth tonight.

A crowd are gathering at the Plymouth Life Centre to cheer for the double gold medalist. Youngsters inspired by the successful athlete have made banners to celebrate the occasion.

Crowd gathers to see Ben Proud Credit: ITV West Country

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Ben's success makes Plymouth Proud

Ben Proud celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 50m Butterfly Final, Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

He had the almost home crowd in Glasgow cheering him on to his gold medal at the pool last night.

The teenager, who lives and studies in Plymouth, has more than lived up to all the pre-Games hype, and is now being touted as a future Olympic Champion.

Proud winning his second Commonwealth gold Credit: BBC

Ben Proud's amazing achievements at the Commonwealth Games, two Games Record, two British records, two golds and a bronze have really put him on the map as far as international swimming is concerned. The youngest swimmer in the field last night he took apart the much fancied Australians to storm once again to victory.

University of St Mark & St John celebrate Ben's win Credit: ITV West Country

Today at the University of St Mark and St John where Ben is studying they were relishing his success.

Ben is studying part time at the University to enable him to continue his training. He's in the pool in excess of twenty hours a week - and that's not including his strength and fitness training and his competitions. Fitting in studying as well is hard.

His storming success in Glasgow over the past week is testament to all the work that's been put in to get him there. It's not just Ben Proud who's become a big name in swimming - Plymouth has too. It must now be the place to come to train.

It's high tech facilities like this that encourage elite athletes to choose the University of St Mark and St John. who knows if one of thes youngsters here today could be the next Ben Proud.

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