Local Olympians Given Freedom of the Borough
Hounslow Council honours Mo Farah and Peter Reed
On the evening of Wednesday, 19 December, gold-medal winning Olympians Peter Reed MBE and Mo Farah were made honourary Freemen of the London Borough of Hounslow.
Mo sent a message saying, "Hounslow is where I grew up when I came to England and everything that I have achieved since is due in some small way to the opportunities that I had. For that I shall always be grateful. The Borough of Hounslow AC was my first athletics club where I began my athletics journey and I attended Feltham Community College where I learnt the skills I have needed every day since. It is also where I met the girl who is now my wife! Finally, through either luck or fate I met Alan Watkinson who has had such a large impact on my life. Without all of these events, places and people I would not have become the man/athlete that I am today. I am very honored to receive this award and it is a lovely way for me to cap off what has been a brilliant year."
Alan Watkinson said:"Mo came to Feltham Community School in 1994, and I first saw him hanging from a goalpost in a football lesson, I thought he'd be a challenge, but it was immediately obvious he loved sport. I remember him once setting off on road run that normally took 40 minutes with the kids coming back exhausted, but he came back giggling, having gone carol singing instead. Mo is a role model for us all and I'm blessed to be part of his development."
Peter Reed said, "It's a real pleasure to receive this honour, from the borough I feel close to, and it's link to the boat race makes it personal to me. When I was a kid, I loved blue plaques, but the gold post box is my blue plaque"
The event was held in the Lampton Park Conference Centre from 17:00 until 18:00, with a one hour invitation-only reception afterwards. The event was attended by selected young athletes and students and the ceremony itself was open to the public.
Both athletes already have golden post boxes in the borough - in Chiswick for Peter Reed and Isleworth for Mo Farah.
December 21, 2012