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Olympic hero Max to meet the Queen


at Buckingham Palace this month. Max Whitlock, 19, made history as part of Team GB’s


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bronze winning artistic gymnastics squad, which had not picked up a medal for more than a century. Just days later the Adeyfield-born teen scooped his own bronze medal in the pommel horse final.


Whitlock’s success has seen him catapulted into the spotlight and now he has an invite from Her Majesty and Te Duke of Edinburgh to attend a ceremony for 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games medalists on Tuesday, October 23.


Te 19-year-old will attend alongside Watford-born super heavyweight boxing gold medallist Anthony Joshua, who has been tipped to go on and have a professional career as glittering as world heavyweight champion boxer Lennox Lewis.


Whitlock will also be joined at the ceremony by


bronze and silver Paralympic medallist sprinter Bethany Woodward, who attended Kings Langley’s Rudolf Steiner School.


Hemel’s gymnastics star Max has been kept busy in the months after his success, attending a number of Olympic events.


Te 19-year-old and his GB gymnastic teammates


were repeatedly mentioned at the Olympic closing ceremony, as all five turned up the event on scooters.


On his return to Hemel Hempstead in August, the 19-year-old was given a hero’s welcome by hundreds who had come from across the county to see him. After addressing the crowds at the event Max told My Hemel & Leverstock Green News of his pride on returning home.


“It was really good, I didn’t expect anything like that,” Gymnast Max Whitlock.


he said. “It is an honour for me and my family to be invited such an event. Te support I have had from my hometown has been incredible, they’ve helped me and made this experience more enjoyable.”


“When I think about it, it still really hasn’t sunk in


yet,” he added. “I’m so happy with what I’ve done, I can’t ask for anymore than that. I thought I had done what I aimed for in reaching the Olympics, to come away with two medals is very special for me”.


by Adam Parris-Long


emel’s Olympic hero Max Whitlock is set to meet the Queen after being invited to a reception held


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