Kerikeri is putting on a ticker tape parade today for the Olympic sailing boys who did us proud on the world stage at Weymouth.
The parade is set for 12.45pm.
So let's get out there to give them a homecoming to remember.
Blair Tuke and Peter Burling's silver is Kerikeri's first ever Olympic medal, New Zealand's 100th, the 10th won at the 2012 Olympics and it is 20 years since we won a medal in centreboard sailing.
Blair is expected to return from London this week to a tumultuous welcome from his home town.
Peter, who lives in Tauranga, also has strong links with Kerikeri through his grandparents Bruce and Judith Burling who are long-time residents.
Bruce and Judith got little sleep as Peter and Blair sailed their hearts out to win silver at the London Games.
They relied on emails from Peter's parents Richard and Heather Burling for updates and followed the 49er races on a blog.
Peter is scheduled to sail in an international foiling moth regatta in Croatia so there is little time to celebrate but Blair is expected to spend some time at home before deciding on his next move.
Kerikeri sailing coach Derry Godbert was involved in their sailing training early on. He knew Blair and got to know Peter through team sailing.
"This is a fantastic achievement," Derry says.
"The wonderful thing about Blair and Peter is how much they give back to sailing and they remember their roots," Derry says.
"It would be typical that they didn't attend the opening ceremony, concentrating instead on the job ahead."
Their silver medals were presented by Olympic medal winning boardsailor Barbara Kendall.
Blair was Sportsperson of the Year at the 2010 Far North District Council Sports Awards.
Go to baychronicle.co.nz for a One News bit of fun with Blair and Peter off the water.
A ticker tape parade is being held in Kerikeri for Blair Tuke and Peter Burling, our silver Olympians, and for Laser sailor Andrew Murdoch, who excelled to come fifth out of 51 boats at Weymouth.
The parade starts at 12.45pm and supporters are asked to congregate along Kerikeri Rd from McDonald’s, down to Rock Salt bar and restaurant and then along to the fire station and library.
The procession will end at Kerikeri Domain where Kerikeri High School will perform a kapahaka and mayor Wayne Brown will welcome the lads home on behalf of us all.
So bring your ticker tape and streamers and give our athletes the welcome they so deserve
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