Sport stars deserve all our praise
THEY are truly the pride of our city. And the athletes who parade through Plymouth on an open-top bus today will deserve every bit of the fanfare and celebration they are given.
As well as the athletes, the homecoming parade will also honour the city's Olympic coaches as well as the volunteer Games Makers from the city who helped make London 2012 such a massive success.
In a year which has shown how well the UK does big events – from the Jubilee to the Torch Ceremony and Olympics – Plymouth has also excelled in organising top quality entertainment.
From Armed Forces Day to the Fireworks Championships to this month's Marine City Festival and Book Festival, the city has shown it knows how to throw a party.
And tomorrow's Olympic Homecoming will be the perfect finale to this incredible summer.
It is also a chance to reflect on how successful Plymouth has been in nurturing sporting talent.
But the city cannot rest on its laurels. There is a new generation of budding sports stars who need financial support, good facilities and unswerving encouragement to reach their goals.
While this year's Olympic stars parade through the city, it's a chance to reflect on the success and commitment of not only the Olympians but all the city's sporting heroes.
Those sportsmen and women, teams and coaches will be honoured when The Herald hosts its 11th Sports Personality of the Year Awards in December.
We want you to take the opportunity to put forward your favourite sports stars – and to seek accolades for the clubs, teams and backroom boys who also deserve recognition.
Make your nomination by filling out the coupon on Page 44 or by visiting thisisplymouth.co.uk/spoty