Civic reception for local Olympic, Paralympic and Invictus Games athletes

Lord Mayor Councillor Pauline Murphy with consort Councillor Brian Vincent and athletes David Wetherill, Tom Daley, Brian Usher, Tonia Couch, Ben Proud and Sarah BarrowThe Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Pauline Murphy, hosted a civic reception this evening for local sportsmen and women who competed in this year’s Olympic, Paralympic and Invictus Games.

Athletes and coaches were invited to the event at the Council House, organised in recognition of their achievements and their roles in representing Plymouth on the world stage.

Divers Tom Daley, Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow, swimmer Ben Proud, table tennis player David Wetherill and cyclist Brian Usher attended the event, where they were presented with certificates.

The Lord Mayor said: “Plymouth is massively proud of all its elite athletes and their achievements this year. It’s fantastic that so many of our sportsmen and women were selected to take part in Rio 2016 and the Invictus Games in Orlando.

“We were all over the moon to see Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow win bronze in the Olympics but many people may not have realised that three of our Invictus athletes brought home six medals between them.

“All of the athletes who competed in Brazil and Florida worked incredibly hard to be there and I’m sure the city is behind me in saying a huge ‘congratulations’ – not just to them but their coaches, clubs, friends and family, who support them all year round.”

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “It’s great to have such positive role models in the city and a real privilege to welcome them this evening. We’re thrilled to be honouring our Invictus athletes as well as our local Olympians and Paralympians.”