IT’S not often that a town has the chance to welcome home an Olympic medallist – but Hemel will do just that on Saturday as Max Whitlock makes his triumphant return.
Adeyfield gymnast Max, 19, exceeded all expectations to come back from this month’s London 2012 Games with two bronze medals, and Dacorum Borough Council is holding a welcome home celebration in his honour.
Everyone is invited to go along to the event, which will take place outside Hemel Hempstead Civic Centre from 11.45am on Saturday.
Max’s performance in the men’s team artistic gymnastic competition made him a star overnight, and he added to his blossoming reputation with an equally impressive display in the individual pommel horse event.
His routines won him an army of fans, and his trademark somersault move on the parallel bars – The Whitlock – has even been added to the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique’s Table of Elements in the Code of Points section.
Mayor of Dacorum Councillor Bert Chapman said: “It is so important that we support our local athletes and Max did a fantastic job of representing Dacorum and Great Britain at the Olympic Games.
“We wish to show our appreciation and support by formally thanking Max and welcoming him back to his home town.
“It would be wonderful to see the people of Dacorum come together to mark this historic occasion and welcome him back as a successful Olympian.”
The council is urging anyone who goes along on the day to take pictures and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tweet them to @DacorumBC