Who Are The Sporting Heroes Of Greater Manchester?

Rio 2016 saw Great Britain reach its highest medal tallies of all time with 67 Olympic medals and 147 Paralympic medals gained in a range of disciplines. As the crowds descend on Manchester to honour our athletes in an official parade on Monday 17th October, System One Travel is on hand to let you know the best way to reach the celebrations of Team GB’s success.


Due to commence at 4.30pm the parade will start at the Museum of Science and Industry before travelling along Deansgate and on into Huntsbank, Todd St, Corporation St, Exchange Square, Cross St and into Albert Square where it will end with a special ceremony.


Amongst those contributing to the medal haul and eager to participate in the parade are Manchester-based golden couple, Laura Trott and Jason Kenny who brought home a total of 5 gold medals between them, equalling that awarded to the entire country of Canada! The recently married pair have stated that they are keen to share the event with as many people as possible.


As we honour our victorious Olympic and Paralympic athletes, let’s look at Greater Manchester’s other sporting heroes, past and present who have also given us cause for celebration.



Fred Perry - Tennis



Fred Perry isn’t just a clothing label. Stockport-born Fred was Great Britain’s most successful male tennis player, winning the tennis Grand Slam in 1934/35, a feat yet to be repeated by any Brit, including Andy Murray.


Michael Atherton - Cricket


Current holder of England’s record for most test ducks, Mike Atherton captained our national cricket team for 54 test matches in 1993-2001. Born in Failsworth, he was awarded an OBE in 1997 for services to cricket.


Ricky Hatton - Boxing



Ranked as the best British light-welterweight of all time, Ricky Hatton was raised in Hyde and trained in Sale. He was undefeated in the first 10 years of his career, retiring in 2012 having lost only 3 bouts.


Rebecca Adlington - Swimming 

Despite retiring from competitive swimming at the age of 23, Rebecca Adlington had already notched up 2 Olympic gold and 2 bronze medals. She now lives in Stockport while concentrating on her junior swimming program, Swim Stars.


Paul Scholes - Football

Paul Scholes spent his entire career at Manchester United and is the most decorated England footballer ever. Born in Salford, he has returned to his roots to put his experience to good use a co-owner of Salford City FC.


John Amaechi - Basketball

With a basketball career spanning nearly 20 years, John played in both European and American leagues, and helped the England team to a bronze medal at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. He now runs a coaching and mentoring service, lending his team talents to motivational speaking.


Peter Collins - Speedway



Peter Collins spent his whole speedway career with his childhood favourite team, The Belle Vue Aces. As the most successful British speedway rider in history, he won 10 World Championships and continued in the sport as a commentator following his retirement.

If you’re keen to show your appreciation to GB’s Olympic heroes, take advantage of a System One Travelcard to get you close to the action. Remember that bus routes into Manchester City Centre will be busy and may involve road closures. So check your route now and give yourself plenty of time to travel, allowing you to enjoy a hassle-free evening to remember.

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