Welcome for Olympians

23:00, Dec 19 2012

The London Olympics may be done and dusted but two of Manawatu's successful Olympians will be welcomed home by fans in Feilding tomorrow.

Track cyclists Jesse Sergent and Simon van Velthooven, who both won bronze medals at the London Olympics this year, will be at Manchester Square in Feilding between 11.30am and 1pm tomorrow.

They will be welcomed by Manawatu District Mayor Margaret Kouvelis, who will also present them with mini statues of a drover and dog.

Manawatu District Council community development adviser Vicki Wills said the council had planned to hold the event directly after the Olympics finished but scheduling clashes delayed it until tomorrow.

"It's just for the public and for kids to get a chance to get up close and personal with them," Ms Wills said.

"They may want to support them, being from Manawatu and being Feilding boys."

The public will be able to talk to the Olympians and see their medals, while two professional photographers will take photos.

The photos can be bought for $4 with $1 of that going to Bike Manawatu.

The event will take place on the grass area of Manchester Square in front of the ANZ Bank.


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