Wolves are to welcome some of the Midlands’ Olympic and Paralympic heroes to Molineux tomorrow to be introduced to the crowd at half time of the game with Sheffield Wednesday.
Bronze medal gymnastics winner and Wolves fan Kristian Thomas, who went to St Edmund’s School situated next to the Compton training ground, and six-times Olympian archer Alison Williamson from Stafford, who won a bronze in 2004, are among those attending the fixture.
Other Olympic competitors being welcomed to Molineux comprise Gemma Howell (judo) from Telford, Nick Woodbridge (Modern Pentathlon) from Wellington, Alex Parsonage (water polo) from Dudley, Luke Lennon-Ford (athletics) from Sutton Coldfield and Yvette Baker (synchronised swimming) from Sutton Coldfield.
From the Paralympic games which followed the Olympics are target shooting competitor Ryan Cockbill from Great Barr, and Katrina Hart from Redditch, who competed in the athletics.
Many other Midlands athletes were invited but are unfortunately unable to attend tomorrow, including gold medalists in the Paralympics Mickey Bushell and Ellie Simmonds.
“Everyone in the country was thrilled by the success of the Olympic and Paralympic games this summer,” says Wolves CEO Jez Moxey.
“There was some wonderful sport and some wonderful achievements, many from the Olympians and Paralympians from across the Midlands.
“We are delighted to be welcoming a selection of those athletes to Molineux tomorrow, and I am sure the supporters will enjoy the opportunity to show their appreciation at half time.”
As a result of his St Edmund’s School background Kristian was invited to the Compton training ground recently to meet the players who were delighted to view his bronze medal at close quarters!
“It was great to meet Kristian and all the lads were keen to congratulate him on his success,” says captain Karl Henry.
“I remember watching his final routine in the Olympics and cheering him on and was delighted when they won the bronze medal.
“I was really proud of how well the Olympic and Paralympic games went – I think we were all probably expecting a hiccup but it was great to watch and went really well.
“I am sure the Wolves fans will give all the athletes a great reception when they go on the pitch tomorrow.”
*A feature interview with fellow Wulfrunians Kristian and Karl Henry will appear in tomorrow’s matchday magazine.