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The little settlement of Picton pulled out all the stops for Emirates Team New Zealand yesterday, as they honoured the team and hometown hero Joe Sullivan with a parade.
Sullivan, The Emirates Team New Zealand cyclor, already has a street named in his honour in Picton after he won a gold medal in the men's rowing double sculls at the 2012 Olympics.
"I thought you generally had to die, cool to be living and still have one," he said of the street naming.
Not only does the town love their sporting icon, Sullivan loves it right back, "getting out in the sounds, you can't really beat that," Sullivan said.
Now the parade is over the residents of Picton are excited to see what he does to make them proud next.
"Very proud of him what he's achieved, just waiting for his next adventure," local parade organiser and fan Beryl said.