Mansfield grants highest honour to Beijing sporting heroes
Mansfield District councillors have voted unanimously to grant the Honorary Freedom of the District to Beijing Gold Medallists Rebecca Adlington and Sam Hynd.
It has been decided to grant Rebecca and Sam the highest honour the District Council can bestow in recognition of the high esteem in which they are held by Members of the Council and the citizens of the district.
Rebecca and Sam will formally receive the Honorary Freedom of the District and will accept an illuminated scroll with the Common Seal of the Council at a Civic Event later in the year. More details will be released on this shortly.
They will join a select group, which also includes Cantamus Girls' Choir and the Second Battalion of the Mercian Regiment.
Rebecca became the first woman to secure an Olympic gold medal for swimming in 48 years after winning the 400m freestyle event and followed this by taking a second gold in the 800m freestyle, setting a new world record of 8:14.10 and becoming Team GB's most successful female Olympic swimmer.
Sam, who was present at the meeting and received a standing ovation from the elected members, won a bronze medal in the SM8 200m individual medley before securing gold in the S8 400m freestyle setting a world record of 4:26:25.
Both are members of Nova Centurion Swimming Club and Sam is coached by Mansfield District Council/Notts County Council's Swim Coach/Development Officer, Glenn Smith.
Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton, commented: "In their sporting achievements, Rebecca and Sam have brought tremendous honour and pride to the people of our District."
"They are both fantastic ambassadors for the district, both in and out of the pool, as well as being extremely dedicated, determined and, above all, likeable young people. Therefore, in recognition of their world record breaking golden triumphs, it is befitting that we should grant them the greatest honour at our disposal."
"My sincere congratulations go to both of them."