Penzance’s Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover has posted a message on The Cornishman Facebook page to thank people back home for all her support.
The 26-year-old rower, who won GB’s first gold with partner Heather Stanning in the women’s pairs on Wednesday, said she was "welling up" after reading the messages of support left by Cornishman readers.
Helen and Heather became the first British women in history to win a gold medal in rowing and set a new Olympic record in their heat at Eton Dorney lake last Saturday.
In a message posted on the Facebook wall, Helen wrote: "Hi all, I have just been reading the lovely messages of congratulations on this wall…i’m welling up again! I wanted to thank everyone at home for being the best support out there xx"
Helen was watched by her proud parents, Jimmy and Rachel, her sisters Ruth and Freya, brothers Benjamin and Nathan and even her 93-year-old grandmother Joan Tucker as she and Heather stormed to victory in the final.
Helen’s proud father Jimmy, a former Cornish Pirate, returned to Jelberts, the family’s popular ice cream parlour in Newlyn, on Thursday to be greeted by a queue of well-wishers who had all watched his daughter make history.
The Cornishman produced a special wrap-around edition of the paper on deadline to celebrate Helen and Heather’s achievement.
To see Helen’s message, go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cornishman/179903255381023
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