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Civic reception planned for gold medallist Scott Fitzgerald

PROUD: Prestons Scott Fitzgerald with his gold Commonwealth medal he won after defeating Mandeep Jangra in the welterweight division

PROUD: Prestons Scott Fitzgerald with his gold Commonwealth medal he won after defeating Mandeep Jangra in the welterweight division

Champion boxer Scott Fitzgerald is to be welcomed by the city’s dignitaries to celebrate his Commonwealth Games victory.

The 22-year-old from Preston won gold in the welterweight division, after defeating India’s Mandeep Jangra in the final.

Now the Larches and Savick Amateur Boxing Club star is to be given a civic reception at the Harris Museum, to recognise his achievements.

“He’s a local boy from a local family and we are very very proud of him”, said Coun Veronica Afrin, Preston Council’s cabinet member for culture and leisure services.

“The club at Savick is run by volunteers and he has done most of his training there.”

She said: “We are very very proud of him, this is just a fantastic achievement.

“And we’ve got to acknowledge also the family’s commitment in this. For all these athletes, families have got to give an awful lot of time and commitment.

“We will be having a civic reception and it will be hosted by the mayor. He will thrilled to host it at the Harris Museum.”

A date hasn’t yet been fixed for the special event, which will be attended by the civic list as well as guests from Scott’s family.

Coun Afrin said: “It will give people the chance to applaud what Scott has achieved, and we are trying to give him absolute recognition.

“This is somebody who has put Preston’s name out there and we are very conscious of that.”

She added: “I would like to congratulate him for his personal effort, but I would also like to say well done to all the other people involved, particularly the families and the trainers.”

Scott was victorious in the final at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, becoming the only Preston athlete to win a gold medal at the games.

Mayor of Preston Coun Nicholas Pomfret said: “As Mayor of Preston it would be an honour to welcome Scott to the city and I believe his achievement is an inspiration to lots of youngsters out there who are involved in sports.

“It will attract more interest in sport and get youngsters off the streets to participate in something positive.

“I don’t know how many people expected it, but he has really done terrifically.

“He deserves everything he’s achieved, with the hours and hours of painstaking practice to achieve the standards he has done. He’s an inspiration.”

Scott was given a hero’s welcome at his local pub, the Lane Ends, on Tuesday evening.

 

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