Sir Chris Hoy set to receive the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh
Published Thursday 16 August 2012
Proposals to award Sir Chris Hoy the freedom of Edinburgh will be formally put to next Thursday’s meeting of the City of Edinburgh Council.
Councillors will also consider holding a civic reception and other celebrations, such an open-top bus parade, for all Olympians and Paralympians with an Edinburgh connection later in the year.
Speaking of the decision to host a parade in Glasgow , Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Donald Wilson said: "I completely understand that the 2014 Commonwealth Games could be given a major boost from the celebrations and hope the Glasgow public rise to the occasion.
"Our intention is to honour Sir Chris and his Olympic team-mates, who thrilled us all with their outstanding performances and medal successes, with an event at the City Chambers in Edinburgh , followed by other occasions to celebrate their record-breaking achievements."
Councillor Steve Cardownie said: "It's fantastic for Edinburgh that the UK 's most decorated Olympic athlete is from this city, and we have also been the home to many others.
"There is no higher - or more fitting - recognition for Sir Chris than to offer him the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh . We also want to welcome our own local Olympians and Paralympians home and to show them how proud we are of their achievements."
Cllr Cardownie added: "We wish our Paralympians all the very best for their games. Obviously everyone is hoping they can emulate the incredible success of their Olympic counterparts but whatever happens I'm sure they will give their all."
The motion about Sir Chris reads:
By Councillor Cardownie - Sir Chris Hoy - Freedom of the City
"The City of Edinburgh Council resolves to confer the Freedom of the City on Sir Chris Hoy, in recognition of his success in becoming Great Britain 's greatest Olympian at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Sir Chris is already a recipient of the Edinburgh Award, which honours outstanding individuals who have made a positive impact on the city and gained national and international recognition for Edinburgh , but his further success at this year's Olympic Games is deserving of the most prestigious honour that the city can bestow. The Council instructs the Chief Executive to report back."
A further motion from Councillor Donald Wilson/Councillor Deidre Brock reads:
- congratulates all members of Team GB on their achievements at the London 2012 Olympic Games - the best British Olympic performance in over a century
- also recognises the contribution of the volunteers, coaches, officials, friends and families who have all played a part in the success of Team GB
- further notes that the Paralympic Games will commence in London on 29 August 2012 and extends its best wishes to all members of the GB Paralympics team
- agrees to hold a civic reception, to acknowledge and honour the collective 2012 Olympic achievements of all participants connected with Edinburgh who contributed to this success.
- notes the high public profile this success has given to sport and the enormous amount of public good will it has generated
- and therefore, calls for a report that outlines ways of capitalising on the Olympic feel-good factor to promote greater participation in sport and, in particular optimising the participation and performance of Edinburgh-based athletes in the 2014 Commonwealth Games
· The Council meeting is on Thursday 23 August.
· Sir Chris received the Edinburgh Award for 2009.
· Other living recipients of the Freedom of the City include: HM The Queen (presented July 1947); HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (presented March 1949); Sir Sean Connery (presented June 1991); Nelson Mandela (presented October 1997) and Aung San Suu Kyi (presented in absentia June 2005).