Argyll and Bute Council to honour Olympians

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27 Aug 2012 - 11:08

ARGYLL and Bute Council is delighted at the success of athletes from the area who have either taken part in the London Olympic Games or have been selected to participate in the Paralympic Games.

Luke Patience from Rhu, along with team-mate Stuart Bithell, secured a silver medal in the men’s 470 class sailing event at the London Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, Helensburgh’s Gordon Reid, the British Number 1 wheelchair tennis player, is getting set to take part in the Paralympic Games, which open on Wednesday 29 August.

At a meeting on Thursday 23 August, councillors unanimously agreed a motion put forward by Helensburgh and Lomond councillor, George Freeman, congratulating the two sportsmen on their achievements and proposing a civic reception in their honour.

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Freeman said: “Luke and Stuart’s sailing silver medal was a remarkable achievement and we hope that this success will inspire and encourage many young people across Argyll and Bute to take up sailing at one of the many superb clubs in the area.

“Gordon Reid has already enjoyed considerable success and is rated number one in his field. We wish him every success following his selection for the forthcoming Paralympic Games.

“I am pleased that Argyll and Bute Council’s Provost has agreed to arrange a civic reception for both athletes in recognition of their amazing achievements.”