Town’s golden girl is honoured at a civic reception

Civic reception for Commonwealth 2014 medal winners Scott Fitzgerald and Stephanie Slater at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.
Civic reception for Commonwealth 2014 medal winners Scott Fitzgerald and Stephanie Slater at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.

It was a special evening for two Prestonians to be proud of.

Longridge swimmer Stephanie Slater and Preston boxer Scott Fitzgerald – both medal winners at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games – were feted at a civic reception hosted by the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston, Coun Nick Pomfret and Barbara Pomfret.

They invited Scott and Stephanie, along with their family and friends, to an evening event at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

Scott, 22, won gold in boxing’s welterweight division and swimmer Stephanie, 23, took silver in the S8 100m freestyle category at the para-sport competition.

On Friday, the duo were congratulated on their achievements by councillors and officials.

Both said their lives had been a whirlwind since their medal-winning performances, and they were still getting used to the limelight.

Scott said: “It has been brilliant. I was asked to go to a primary school this morning and meet the kids and now I’m at a civic reception.

“It’s been mad, but I’ve hurt my hand and I haven’t been back in full training yet!”

Stephanie also secured two golds in one day at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven, just weeks after competing in Glasgow.

She said: “I’m still a bit camera shy. I’m just so happy and proud that everybody is here and I am able to share this with my family.”

Coun Pomfret said: “We are here to celebrate the amazing achievements of two young people who have brought great pride to our city.

“Their hard work and determination has inspired lots of youngsters who are involved in sports, not just in Preston but throughout the country.

“On behalf of Preston City Council and the people of Preston I would just like to say that you have won our admiration.”