Yorkshire Water to hand out ‘drink of champions’ at Olympic victory parade

Our colleagues here at Yorkshire Water will be handing out 7,000 bottles of tap water – dubbed the ‘drink of champions’ – to Yorkshire’s Olympic athletes and the public during the special homecoming parade set to take place in Leeds city centre on Wednesday (28th September).

In what promises to be a truly memorable occasion, the people of Yorkshire will be able to pick their spot in Leeds city centre from approximately 5.15pm and cheer their ‘Rio Heroes’ as they ride along the parade route on open-top buses and cars between 5.45pm and 6.45pm.

We are sponsoring the event and will have a stand outside Leeds Central Library on The Headrow, giving out thousands of bottles of tap water, which it has dubbed the ‘drink of champions’.

Richard Sears, Communications Director, said: “Once again, the Yorkshire-born athletes have performed remarkably well at the Rio Olympics, winning 14 Olympic and 12 Paralympic medals for GB. We wanted to acknowledge their magnificent performance and so will be at the event handing out free bottles of tap water, which – surely - is the drink of champions and the tastiest water in the UK.”

The parade has been jointly organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and Leeds City Council.

The latest Yorkshire athletes to confirm their attendance to the star-studded event, include:

•    Triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, who earned gold and silver medals respectively.
•    World, European and Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft MBE, who has now won two golds in Rio.
•    Diver and gold medallist, Jack Laugher.
•    Paralympic Cycling Pilot double gold medallist, Adam Duggleby.
•    Paralympic swimmer, Jonathan Booth.                
•    Bronze medal gymnast, Nile Wilson.
•    Rowing silver medallist, Zoe Lee.                               
•    Vicky Holland, who won bronze in the triathlon.
•    Rowers Andy Triggs Hodge, Tom Ransley and Paul Bennett, who all claimed gold.
•    Cycling gold medallist, Ed Clancy.
•    Double Paralympic gold medallist, Kadeena Cox.

Barnsley-born gold medal cyclist Ed Clancy said: “I’m really happy to be involved in the Rio Heroes parade. It’s going to be great catching up with the other Olympians and seeing the huge crowds in Leeds. We’re all massively grateful for the support we receive around the county and it’ll definitely be a fun evening.”