Local gold medallists set to be awarded 'Freedom of the Borough'

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By AmyLocksHeath | Friday, February 01, 2013, 09:47

The date has been set for Eastleigh Borough's two Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 to receive the Freedom of the Borough.

The ceremony, to award the highest honour that the borough can bestow, has been set for Tuesday 26 February 2013. It will take place in the Council Chamber in front of an audience of 200 invited guests.

Dani King MBE and David Smith are set to receive the Freedom of the Borough in recognition of their dedication and services to their sport. Dani King MBE from Hamble-le-Rice won an Olympic gold medal in the Women's Cycling Team Pursuit and David Smith from Eastleigh won a Paralympic gold medal in Boccia in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing and further silver and bronze medals in Boccia at London 2012.

They will both receive a framed hand written scroll that also includes a hand painted local scene. Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Rupert Kyrle said "Winning a gold medal at an Olympic or Paralympic games is a tremendous achievement and I will be delighted to be presenting the Freedom of the Borough to Dani and David."



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