Two local sportsmen, who have achieved great success on the world stage, are to join an elite list of residents to be awarded the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Amber Valley on 11 December.
At a meeting of its Full Council last month, Amber Valley Councillors agreed to confer the prestigious title on Paratriathletes, Phil Hogg and Dave Ellis. Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour the Council can bestow on a citizen and is reserved for people of distinction who have, in the opinion of the Council, provided eminent services to the Borough.
Phil and Dave will now be invited to attend a Special Council Meeting to receive their honorary titles. Only three other residents have been honoured in this way since 2001. Before then the honour was reserved for local councillors.
Phil Hogg’s disability sporting career began following a serious cycling accident in 1991. He initially took part in wheelchair basketball and became a GB regular. His Paratriathlon career is relatively new but he has already won gold at the European Championships and the British Championships. Phil claimed fourth spot in the recent World Championships posting the fastest ever by a British Tri 1athlete. He is now part of the Great Britain Paratriathlon Talent Programme for Rio 2016.
Dave Ellis moved into Paratriathlon via swimming where he was a multiple gold medal winner. Shortly after the switch to Paratriathalon he also claimed a gold medal in the Tri6B category for visually-impaired athletes at the European and British Championships earlier this summer and has now claimed Gold in the ITU World Paratriathalon Championships held in London. He too is now focussed on Rio 2016.
The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Healthier Places to Live, Councillor Steve Hayes, commented: “Both Phil and Dave are fantastic role models and we are delighted to be able to honour them in this way. The commitment and dedication they have both demonstrated, is inspirational and their achievements have made the Borough very proud. Granting the Freedom of the Borough is something that happens very rarely, and so the ceremony on 11 December, will be an extra special occasion which, as a Council, we are very much looking forward to.”
For further information please contact Kirk Monk firstname.lastname@example.org 01773 841646
Pictured - Phil Hogg
Pictured - Dave Ellis