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Athletic achievements marked in Hambleton

Published on Monday, 12th September 2016

Town square

The achievements of Hambleton’s medal winning athletes are to be marked.

Northallerton’s Town Square is be renamed ‘Olympic Square’ in honour of the district’s Olympians and Paralympians.

Para-rower Laurence Whitleley took the gold medal in Rio last night (Sunday) for the trunks and arms mixed double sculls - rowing in the British team with Lauren Rowles.   The 25 year old from Northallerton is the latest to achieve success for the district - in the 2012 Olympics Nicola Wilson took a silver for equestrian team eventing and Kat Copeland of Stokesley won a gold in the rowing.

Now the District Council has decided to mark the achievements of all its Paralympian and Olympians by inserting plaques into the pavement of the town centre square to celebrate their successes.

It is hoped the pathway will also act as inspiration to all young athletes just starting their sporting journeys.

“We not only want to mark Laurence’s achievements but also those of all our athletes over the last few years,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.

“We want them to know how proud the district is of them - of their hard work and determination to bring home the medals to Hambleton.   And hopefully it will inspire lots of budding Olympians and Paralympians as they start their athletic journey in Hambleton.”