Olympic medallists to get Freedom of the Borough


Fleming Park with Eastleigh's Olympian's

Eastleigh’s Olympians & Paralympians with torch bearers and event volunteers

The Council has announced its intention to award Freedom of the Borough to Eastleigh’s two  Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists.  The decision to award  honour -the highest that the borough can bestow – is set to be agreed at a Full Council meeting later this month.

Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Rupert Kyrle made the announcement at the borough’s recent Olympic and Paralympic celebration event at Fleming Park that was attended by the borough’s London 2012 athletes, games makers, officials and torch bearers.  Dani King and David Smith are set to receive the Freedom of the Borough in recognition of their dedication and services to their sport.

Dani King from Hamble won an Olympic gold medal in the Women’s Cycling Team Pursuit and David Smith won a Paralympic gold medal in Boccia in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing and further silver and bronze medals in Boccia at London 2012.

The well attended event saw Eastleigh’s three gold medals united for the first time when Tommy Green‘s Grandaughter brought along his 1932 Gold Medal to pose for a special photograph with Dani King and David Smith.

Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Rupert Kyrle said:

“Winning a gold medal at an Olympic or Paralympic games is a tremendous achievement and I’m extremely delighted to announce the Council’s intention to grant Freedom of the Borough later on this year”


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Photos: EBC