Corsham plans celebration after giving Paralympic medallist top award
Paralympian silver swimming sensation Stephanie Millward has another honour to add to her huge list of 2012 achievements, after Corsham Town Council awarded her freedom of the town on Monday.
Town councillors voted unanimously in favour of the award at the special meeting held at Corsham Town Hall, to bestow the accolade on the swimmer, 31, who won four silver medals and a bronze one at London’s Aquatics centre during this summer’s Games.
A celebration ceremony isbeing planned to mark the former Corsham School pupil’s latest award.
Corsham Town Council Chairman Peter Anstey said: “The town council want the celebration to be a significant occasion which should be done with panache and style along the way.”
Miss Millward, who has multiple sclerosis, said: “Wow, what more can you say? It is absolutely fantastic and Corsham bent over backwards to support me. I’m so touched. This is such a nice way to finish off the London 2012 Games.”
Miss Millward, who trained in Swansea in preparation for the Games, returned to the South West last month, moving to Combe Down with her fiancee Adrian McHugh. She is now training in Bath for her next competition, in Sheffield in November.
She said: “It is just fantastic to be home. Given the fact I’ve moved, have a wedding to plan for and a book to finish writing it’s been a busy time, but I’m really happy.
“When you win a medal you think it is not just yours but something to share with everyone and I’ve tried to visit Corsham and the surrounding area as much as possible.”
Miss Millward, who is getting married in Box next May, is writing her story, titled Paying the Price, about her MS diagnosis and how she fought back to top level swimming.