A whole bunch of individuals have lined the streets as Olympic gold medallist Lauren Value returned to her hometown.
The middleweight boxing champion was given a hero’s welcome on her return to Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly county, the place she was raised by grandparents Linda and Derek.
Value stated the general public help had been “insane” after her success within the Tokyo video games.
“I actually did not think about coming house to this,” she stated.
“I did not anticipate this many individuals.”
Value, who received 4 kickboxing world titles as an adolescent and performed soccer for Wales earlier than taking over boxing, added: “Though I am [with team] GB, I am at all times representing Wales and the help has simply been unreal.
“Thanks a lot for popping out to see me and supporting me – it means the world.”
Value additionally paid tribute to the position her grandparents performed in her life after an emotional reunion together with her grandmother.
“She was ringing me on the best way house and she or he received me filling up then,” Value stated.
“I have been away from her for six weeks so to come back again house to her has been wonderful.
“If it wasn’t for her I would not have achieved my dream.
“Her and my grandad have supported me since I used to be three days previous and I can not thank them sufficient.”
Value’s grandfather Derek died in November 2020.
On the scene, BBC Wales reporter Nelli Chook
It wasn’t your common lunchtime in Ystrad Mynach and the Olympic champion was clearly overwhelmed.
It wasn’t a deliberate homecoming occasion and unfold by phrase of mouth on social media.
By the point Lauren received house, a whole lot have been out lining the streets, cheering on the native lady who achieved her dream.
There have been flags, balloons and youngsters cheering. Everybody needed an image with their hero and she or he stayed to talk to anybody who was ready.
The true emotion got here when Lauren noticed her nan, Linda, for the primary time in weeks. The household ran to the automobile and hugged.
It was an unimaginable finish to a loopy few weeks for Lauren Value.