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Mayor Praises Local Athletes
Thursday 13th September, 2012

Mayor Praises Local Athletes
Cllr Myra Whiteside, with her consort and the council’s chief executive Donna Hall, on the town hall steps in May as the Olympic Torch passes through Wigan.

Wigan’s First Citizen has paid tribute to those local sportsmen and women who have taken part in the Olympics and Paralympics this summer.

Speaking at a meeting of the Full Council at Wigan town hall last night (Wednesday), the Mayor Cllr Myra Whiteside, praised the dedication and skill of competitors and gamesmakers from our borough.

The Mayor said: “We have a famous sporting tradition in our area and many of our schools, colleges and clubs have seen skilled athletes and players compete at the highest level. I am proud of them all and today I want to thank them and our Olympians for putting our borough on the map and being an inspiration to us all.”

The Mayor noted that Wiganers, Leythers and honorary locals included medallists like Bradley Wiggins and Heather Frederickson, as well as muti-Olympians like Jon Pollock, team coaches like Roy Wood and local gamesmakers and Torchbearers.

“When the Olympic Torch came to town in May I was thrilled to see so many local people carrying the Flame,” said Cllr Whiteside. “The support and turnout on that afternoon was huge and was only bettered by the national feeling of goodwill to all those involved in the London games. Thank you to everyone and I hope that local people will use this opportunity to maybe go for a jog or pay a visit to the gym.”

Earlier in the year, Cllr Whiteside’s predecessor, Cllr Joy Birch, invited previous Olympians from across the borough to the town hall to celebrate their successes and speak to local schoolchildren about the Olympic Spirit.

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