News: Rio Celebrations Hit Manchester

Team GB’s Olympians and Paralympians are set to be honoured tomorrow in Manchester with thousands expected to cheer on the athletes.

Rio 2016 was very successful for British Shooting with Ed Ling and Steve Scott winning bronze medals in trap and double trap respectively.

The parade will begin outside the Museum of Science and Industry at 16:30 before moving onto Deansgate at the junction with Liverpool Road.

It will then carry on through Huntsbank, Todd Street, Corporation Street, Exchange Square, Cross Street and end at Albert Square.

Once the parade ends at 17:30, there will be an event held at Albert Square for the athletes.

“Obviously it’s very important to inspire the next generation though it’s difficult to show the public what we do on a shooting range because there’s firearms involved,” Scott said.

“Hopefully at the parade they’ll be able to see what we’ve achieved and hopefully inspire them to take up the sport.”

Since the Rio Olympics, the Lewisham-born shooter has noticed a difference in how the sport is perceived.

“There’s been a lot more media requests which is great for shooting to get exposure in the public eye and putting it in a positive light.

“It’s nice to see shooting out there getting recognition and hopefully inspire the next generation to compete in the Olympics themselves.

“I’ve had people who I’ve never met before come up to me and tell me that they watched me on the TV and that I’m an inspiration to young people which is so nice to see. I’m yet to have someone come up to and say they didn’t enjoy the shooting.”

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