Crewe Town Council has established a very special award to praise local achievements.
As part of the planning for the Town Councils Annual Civic Awards Scheme, Crewe Town Councillors formed a Civic Roll of Honour which can be awarded in special circumstances to a deserving Crewe based group or organisation who have carried out outstanding good works in the community or who have achieved something of great significance.
As a consequence, the Councillors unanimously voted to resolve to present the first Civic Honour to the Special Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team who train at the Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts on Broad Street, Crewe, in recognition of their sporting achievements, most notably whilst they participated at the Los Angeles Special Olympic World Games 2015.
Councillor Pam Minshall, Chair of the Community and Environment Committee at Crewe Town Council, said ‘Our Civic Awards Scheme has been a great way to honour some of our unsung heroes in Crewe. We are very proud of our community and all of the great work that takes place to make Crewe such a great place to be. But sometimes, there is something that needs to be recognised in a slightly different way. The Gymnasts achieved something extraordinary this summer and we are as Council felt this should be honoured.’
The Team of eight girls, six of whom are from Crewe, competed at the XIV World Special Olympic Games in July 2015. The World Games held every four years, comprised of over 7,000 disabled competitors from over 150 different countries in over 20 different sports.
The Great British Rhythmic Gymnastics Team trained by Jane Whetnall MBE and Sarah Oakley at the Broad Street Project, came home with an impressive medal tally of 14 Gold, 7 Silver and 4 Bronze from the Special Olympics.
Kirsty Robertson, Laura Taylor, Sophie Hughes, Phoebe Low, Elizabeth Cooper and Felicity Martin, will receive their Civic Honour from Crewe Town Council at a civic ceremony planned to be held on Wednesday 27th January 2016 at their Broad Street training base.
Councillor Dennis Straine-Francis, Mayor of Crewe, said ‘The Town Council is thrilled to be presenting the girls with this special award and it is very well deserved indeed.’