Thursday, 20 September 2012

Richmond Hero Mo Farah to be awarded Freedom of the Borough


Double gold medal athletic champion Mo Farah will be offered Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his sporting achievements at this summer’s Olympics.

The athlete, who has a home in Teddington and still trains at St Mary’s University when in the UK, has seen a huge groundswell of support since becoming the Olympic Champion in the 10,000 metres and 5,000 metres.

Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, said: “Mo’s achievement this summer was phenomenal. It has been many years since we have seen an athlete so talented and the discipline and dedication that he has shown should be celebrated as part of the Olympic legacy.

“It has been fantastic to see the effect his success has had on people, not just in Richmond upon Thames, but across the country. There have been scores of people out to Teddington to visit his ‘golden post box’ and he has become such an inspiration to others both here and across the world, acting as an ambassador for our borough.

“He has acted with such dignity throughout the past few weeks in which he has won not one but two medals that we thought it was only right we offered him the highest honour possible we can give to a resident.”

Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor, said: "This is a fantastic way to celebrate the achievements of Mo at the London Olympics. Now we must begin our own Olympic effort to ensure that the legacy of the Olympics continues throughout Richmond and beyond."

It is hoped that the Freedom of the Borough ceremony will be early in 2013.