Council considers hockey star Hollie for ultimate honour

Olympic hockey star, Hollie Webb, from Belper, is to be considered for the highest honour Amber Valley Borough Council can bestow on one of its residents.

If Councillors agree, when the Full Council meets on 16 November, a Special Full Council meeting will held in January 2017 at which the title of Freewoman of the Borough of Amber Valley will be conferred on Hollie.  

The title of Freewoman of the Borough of Amber Valley is reserved for people of distinction who have, in the opinion of the Council, provided eminent services to the Borough. Only five other residents have been honoured in this way since 2001.

Holllie, who began her career with Belper Hockey Club at the age of 7, made her international debut in 2013, against South Africa in Cape Town. She became a national hero when, in the Rio Olympics this summer, she scored the winning penalty, in the final, to earn Team GB the Gold Medal.

A former pupil at Ecclesbourne School, Hollie now plays her club hockey with Surbiton but is still a familiar figure on local hockey pitches as she helps with various coaching programmes for young hockey players throughout the county. She is also the current Derbyshire Sportswoman of the Year.

It is anticipated that the Special Full Council meeting will take place at the Town Hall in Ripley on 25 January 2017.

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