Local sporting heroes are honoured with reception

sports stars: Scott Fitzgerald and below, Stephanie Slater

sports stars: Scott Fitzgerald and below, Stephanie Slater

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Local heroes, Scott Fitzgerald and Stephanie Slater, are to be honoured with a civic reception this Friday.

The boxer and swimmer, who both took home medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will attend the invitation-only event at the city’s Harris Museum and Art Gallery, hosted by the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston.

Stephanie Slater

Stephanie Slater

Councillor Nick Pomfret, Mayor of Preston, said: “These are fantastic sporting achievements by two young Prestonians and this reception will recognise and congratulate them for their hard work and dedication in getting this far in their careers.

“I’m sure both Scott and Steph will carry on and win many more medals in the future and they should know that their city is very proud of them.”

Scott, 22, took gold in the boxing welterweight division defeating Mandeep Jangra from India in the final, while 23-year-old Stephanie, took home a silver medal in the swimming para-sport S8 100m freestyle.

Cabinet member for culture and leisure, Councillor Veronica Afrin, added: “The people of Preston are very proud of Scott’s and Steph’s success and we felt we had to thank them formally, along with their families and clubs who help them so much.”