If ever two young people looked so happy and nervous at the same time it had to be Scott Fitzgerald and Stephanie Slater as they received an accolade from the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston at last night’s honorary reception at the Harris Museum.
Medal winners at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, boxer Scott (gold) and swimmer Stephanie (silver) are “both a shining example and an inspiration to young people everywhere”.
Cabinet member for culture and leisure, Councillor Veronica Afrin, also commented on the young couple’s remarkable efforts in succeeding so well in their respective sporting achievements and said that they were a great credit to Preston.
We asked Scott and Stephanie, what does this all mean to them, what are their plans for the future and what would they say to young people who aspire to be in sport? Stephanie said “she is so proud to be from Preston and very pleased to be honoured by the people of Preston in this way.” The next thing? “Well Rio 2016 would be great” and her advice to young people with such aspirations? “You have to love what you are doing, be prepared for hard work and dedication and be committed to long hours of training”.
Scott said “to be a Prestonian, and to be honoured by its people in this way is just brilliant!”. Future plans? “I want to stay amateur and work towards Euro championship and hopefully on to World championship. Oh, and Rio 16 would be nice.” On the matter of young people wanting to follow in his boxing footsteps he said “boxing is a great sport but you need lots of discipline and confidence to succeed”.
It is a certainty that we will see a lot more of these two young sporting hero’s, and we will be able to feel very proud that they are both from our great City.
What are your views and opinions on these two young sporting champs? Let us know in the comments below.