Olympic hero to holiday in region

IT was only a few days ago that teenage gymnast sensation Louis Smith was hitting the heady heights of becoming an Olympic medal winner - but now all he wants is to spend some time with his mates on a caravan holiday in the region.

IT was only a few days ago that teenage gymnast sensation Louis Smith was hitting the heady heights of becoming an Olympic medal winner - but now all he wants is to spend some time with his mates on a caravan holiday in the region.

The 19-year-old, who won bronze in the men's pommel horse event, revealed a trip to the seaside at Great Yarmouth is on the agenda after his return from Beijing.

“I'm going on holiday to Great Yarmouth with my friends. A lot of them are skint and some of them have been on holiday already. “But with me missing the holiday season being out here, I said I would pay for the caravan,” Louis told the national media.

“It won't be as warm, but I'll have my own friends and a relaxed time. All my mates are saying I am a celebrity now; it is so amazing. But I'm still the same old Louis to them because they know all the old stories about me.”


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Louis, from Peterborough, became Britain's first Olympic gymnastics medal winner for 80 years and he will spend some time back in the gym before his well-earned break in Yarmouth.

While it has not emerged where in the resort Louis will be staying, David Leech, general manager of the Vauxhall Holiday Park, said: “If he comes to Vauxhall, it would be a complete package. Apart from the accommodation, there is the fun pool and entertainment. Everything is here - including a gym.

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“He would certainly have a good time and I expect he just needs somewhere to chill out.”

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