Sea of gold for greatest ever Olympian 

04/09/12
Jason Kenny
Jason Kenny shows his gold medals to cheering crowds

The streets of Bolton were covered in gold, as over 6,000 people turned out to celebrate Bolton's greatest ever Olympian, double gold medallist Jason Kenny.
 
Bolton Council had lined up a programme of live entertainment in Victoria Square on Saturday, September 1, which included local singer Laura White and a nine-piece Brazilian samba band, paying homage to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
 
Street performers on cycles entertained visitors around the town centre and a huge TV screen showed footage of Kenny’s successful races.

At 12pm, Jason Kenny appeared with his medals at the top of Bolton's Town Hall steps, to the accompaniment of golden confetti and streamers, while members of the crowd waved golden flags and cheered his achievements.
 
Children from his former high school, Mount St Josephs, lined the town hall steps along with civic dignitaries to welcome him.

He then joined the crowd to watch footage of both his medal-winning races. After the Mayor presented him with a certificate honouring his achievements, he then posed for pictures and signed autographs with fans.
 
Kenny is Bolton’s most successful Olympian to date, after adding golds in the men’s team sprint and the individual sprint in London 2012, to the gold and silver medals he won in Beijing.
 
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We are all exceptionally proud of Jason and his magnificent achievements and it is only right that we celebrate his achievements in this way. The council has marked 2012 as its Year of Sport and Jason is a fantastic role model and sporting ambassador for our town."

Jason Kenny said: "I'm proud to come from Bolton. I moved back a couple of years ago, all my family are here and I'm proud to be part of this town.

I'm over the moon to be inspiring young people to get involved in sport and this celebration makes me want to go out and win again."

Jason will also have a leisure centre and cycle trail named in his honour. On August 29, councillors voted unanimously to name the town’s newest leisure centre after him in homage to his success. The centre, which is located at Bolton One, the town’s £30.6m leisure, health and research complex, will be named the Jason Kenny centre.
 

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