Ambassador role for sporting heroes

Rik Waddon and Natalie Jones with their medals

Rik Waddon and Natalie Jones with their medals

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CHORLEY’S sporting heroes are set to adorn the town centre.

A NEW Sporting Ambassador role has been given the go ahead by council bosses.

Now the images of local athletes who represented Team GB and Paralympics GB at London 2012 will be placed on banners on Market Street for all to see.

In addition, there will be a formal presentation by the Mayor of Chorley on behalf of the council.

Chorley-based athletes Rik and Natalie Waddon, Graeme Ballard and Holly Bleasdale have all agreed to accept the offer.

Eccleston-based Tour de France winner, Olympian Bradley Wiggins, told the council he was flattered by the offer, but declined it, saying he would prefer not to accept any further recognition.

The new role which will recognise the huge effort and achievement made by the athletes at the Games and the pride the borough has in them.

Not only that, but it is envisaged it will also reconise the role they play in inspiring the next generation of athletes.

The new Sporting Ambassadors would also be invited to take part in sporting and leisure events and activities which the council organises – such as the schools’ relay eachj summer.

The athletes have been invited to switch on Chorley’s Christmas Lights on November 24, which will kickstart the new roles.

The Mayor of Chorley, CounJune Molyneaux, said: “We have offered this role to all those Olympians and Paralympians who competed in the London 2012 Games, and we’re delighted that Paralympian athletes Graeme Ballard, Rik Waddon and Natalie Jones (Waddon) have so far accepted.

“We will be recognising and congratulating them by presenting
them with an award, including their images on banners and dedicating the 2012 Christmas lights switch-on to them.”