Sporting stars to be honoured

A CIVIC reception to honour the borough’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes is taking place next month and locals are being urged to turn out in force.

Being held in the Octagon in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens, the event is on Friday, October 5 at 7.30pm.

Chapel-en-le-Frith cyclist Anthony Kappes, who won gold in the tandem sprint in the Paralympics, is just one of the local athletes who will be congratulated by High Peak Mayor Pat Jenner at the reception, organised by High Peak Borough Council (HPBC).

Seventeen-year-old wheelchair basketball star Maddie Thompson, from the Hope Valley, and gymnast Jennifer Pinches, 18, from Whaley Bridge, will also be honoured.

Two High Peak residents who were chosen as Olympic torchbearers, Bill Weston MBE and Mike Taylor, will be recognised alongside Buxton Community School students who have been praised for their efforts working with Paralympic track and field athletes in the Olympic Stadium.

The evening will also feature the announcement of the winners of the High Peak’s 2012 Sports Awards.

HPBC leader Cllr Caitlin Bisknell said: “High Peak is renowned for its sporting prowess so I was not at all surprised to see local athletes figuring prominently at the Olympics and Paralympics.

“But the story doesn’t end there because we also had two torchbearers plus several games makers whose boundless enthusiasm helped make the summer of sport so special for those lucky enough to attend events in London.”