Ripon Racecourse plan to celebrate Olympic success of golden-boy Jack Laugher

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears on podium
Jack Laugher and Chris Mears on podium

Ripon Racecourse are hoping to throw Olympic golden boy Jack Laugher the "hero's welcome he deserves" upon his return from Rio.

The city was left beaming with pride last night (August 10) when Laugher and diving partner Chris Mears clinched gold in 3m synchronised springboard.

Their incredible dives not only won Yorkshire its first medal of the Rio Games but also Britain's first ever Olympic diving gold medal.

Leeds Civic Hall has also responded to their accomplishments by being illuminated in gold and MD of Ripon Racecourse, James Hutchinson, said Ripon must now follow suit.

Ripon City Council have confirmed they will be holding celebrations in honour of their local hero but are yet to confirm the official arrangements.

However, Mr Hutchinson said he would also like Ripon Racecourse to celebrate Jack's accomplishments at one of their remaining race meetings.

He said: "We haven't managed to speak to the family yet but we really want him to come to one of our remaining racecourse meetings.

"That's what we're looking to do and it'll be great if the public can come along to celebrate with him. I don't know what the council are looking at doing just yet.

"But, it's important that Ripon gives Jack the hero's welcome that he deserves. It's an extremely hard sport and the hours of training that he has put in to get to the pinnacle where he is now.

"I hope we can put on a good show, it will give people from Ripon a chance to show their support, pride and congratulations towards him."

Laugher burst into tears of joy after clinching gold alongside Mears and can still double his medal collection in the individual 3m springboard next week.

Thousands of tributes poured in for the pair after their incredible efforts and Mr Hutchinson said he didn't want to miss a second of coverage.

He said: "It was really exciting to watch it all unfold. It's the sort of thing that helps put Ripon on the map but more importantly it's great for a local boy like Jack to do as well as he has done.

"We were watching it last night but the BBC coverage was flicking between events. It really was compulsive viewing, you just didn't want to miss it.

"It will be great if we can do something for him and as soon as we have more information on what we can do and if Jack will be available then we will be able to publicise it."