Councillors met tonight to discuss a motion submitted by Ulster Unionist Councillor William McCandless to honour Olumpic Rowing Medallists Richard Chambers, Peter Chambers and Alan Campbell by awarding them Freedom of the Borough of Causeway Coast and Glens.
The Motion reads as follows : “Our Olympic oarsmen Alan Campbell, Richard Chambers and Peter Chambers all former pupils of CAI and Bann Rowing Club members have honoured this Borough and particularly the town of Coleraine, and I feel it is only fitting that we honour them with the Freedom of the Borough. Alan Campbell is the first sportsperson from NI to have competed at four Olympic Games, Richard Chambers has competed in three and Peter has competed in two. Alan was G.B.’s first single scull rower to win an Olympic medal for 84 years when he lifted the bronze in 2012. Richard and Peter lifted the silver in 2012 as part of the lightweight men’s four. We can be justifiably proud of these young men, they are people of distinction and great ambassadors for the Borough. They narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics and I have great pleasure in nominating them for the Freedom of the Borough.
The motion received support from all parties represented on the council and was passed without a vote being required.