Olympic gold medal list, Petria Thomas will be back in town for a couple of days in two weeks and is in for a busy time.
Byron Council is organising a welcome home parade for her at Mullumbimby on Thursday, September 23. As well, she will be the special guest at a fund raising function for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicop ter Service at the By ron Bay Beach Resort that night and will be the special guest at a Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce breakfast the following morning.
The shire's other two Olympians, Nathan Baggaley and David Rhodes, also have been invited to be part of the welcome home parade, but Nathan will be overseas and it's still unsure whether David can attend.
Fund raising manager for the helicopter service, Howard Atkinson, said he was in debted to the resort's owners, Becton for this "fantastic ges ture". "It is an opportuni ty to welcome home our hero and that she is doing this for the Helicopter Service to raise much needed funds makes it even more special," he said. "Becton is covering all Petria's expenses, which allows us to put the night on at a price that everyone can afford."
Mr Atkinson said a number of special guests had been invit ed to pay tribute to Petria on the night, including Stan Tilley, her first coach.
Tickets are $15 with all money raised going to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue He licopter. Bookings can be made at the Byron Bay Beach Resort on 6685 8000.
The following morning, Petria will be the special guest at a Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Byron Bay Community Centre starting at 7 am. Tickets are $45 and bookings can be made by calling the Commu nity Centre on 66856807.
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