Hemel Hempstead’s own golden boy Max Whitlock has been congratulated on his dazzling Commonwealth Games performance by town MP Mike Penning.
The 21-year-old gymnast, from Adeyfield, has been in scintillating form throughout the Glasgow event – leading Team England to gold in the team competition, before going on to claim top spot in the individual all-round event and the floor.
He also bagged a silver on the pommel horse to add to the golden hat-trick he has scored in the last two days – with more medals seemingly in his grasp this afternoon.
Mr Penning said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Max. I am delighted for him.
“He is a great athlete and role model and a great ambassador for Hemel.
“I am lucky to have met him on a number of occasions and he deserves this success.
“Gymnastics in Hemel Hempstead is on a high at the moment with the fantastic new facilities in Mark Road. I know everyone will be delighted at Max’s gold medal win.”
A town charity shop has also created a display dedicated to the Olympic, World Championship and now Commonwealth hero.
The Rennie Grove Hospice Care store in Stoneycroft, Warners End, has set up a shrine to marvellous Max, including photographs, flags and medals.
Store manager Karen Halliday said: “He’s a local boy, and we have a lot of people coming in to the shop that know or him or say their children went to school with him.
“We decided to recognise the fact that he’s done so well – he’s our local celebrity and we want to make the most of what we’ve got.”
Catch Max in his bid for further Glaswegian glory as he competes in the high bar and parallel bars later today.