Louis Rolfe: The ‘normal kid’ who left for Rio - and came back a hero

PUBLISHED: 16:48 28 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:58 28 September 2016

Louis Rolfe returns to Cambridge Regional College after the Paralympics. Picture: Keith: Heppell

Louis Rolfe returns to Cambridge Regional College after the Paralympics. Picture: Keith: Heppell

Iliffe Media Ltd

Louis Rolfe received a hero’s welcome on his return to Cambridge Regional College after his medal-winning exploits at the Rio Paralympics.

Louis Rolfe returns to Cambridge Regional College after the Paralympics. Picture: Keith: HeppellLouis Rolfe returns to Cambridge Regional College after the Paralympics. Picture: Keith: Heppell

The 19-year-old cyclist won a gold medal in the mixed C1-5 team sprint in Brazil and a bronze medal in the men’s C2 3,000m.

And the Paralympic GB star’s achievements were recognised by CRC as students formed a guard of honour on his return to the college, leading to the newly-named Louis Rolfe Sports Centre.

“The whole college was rooting for him when he got his bronze but to then go on and get a gold was just remarkable, brilliant,” said CRC principal Mark Robertson.

“It was one of those decisions that isn’t really a decision. It was just so much the right thing to do [name the sports centre after Louis] because Louis as a student here has made use of the facilities in his training and has made a fantastic outcome from his own efforts and all the support he has had from his trainers and the staff here. But what an amazing achievement – we are just so proud of him.”

Louis, who is studying sports coaching, was humbled by the college’s gesture.

“I just feel like the normal kid who left this college and I’m coming back a hero, so it’s really cool,” he said.

“And it’s really nice to see everyone who has come out to support me.

“They have been a massive help in my development over the last couple of years and I couldn’t have

asked for a more supportive bunch of people.

“It’s really great to be a part of. I sort of knew there was something going on, but I didn’t realise they would name the sports centre after me. It was a nice surprise, and I’m really honoured and privileged that they’ve been able to do that for me.”

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