Dani King and David Smith to receive Freedom of the Borough in February

Date set for Olympic heroes to be honoured in home county

Dani King.

David Smith.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Two Hampshire heroes will be honoured by their home town next month.

As previously reported in the Daily Echo, Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Dani King and Paralympic silver and bronze medallist David Smith will be awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Eastleigh.

Now a date has been set for the ceremony to take place.

David, from Eastleigh, and Dani, from Hamble, will receive the highest honour that the borough can give in the council chamber in front of 200 guests, on February 26.

They will both be given a framed hand written scroll that includes a hand-painted local scene. Just 13 others have received the prestigious Eastleigh Borough Council accolade since the council was formed in 1974.

David won gold in boccia at Beijing’s 2008 Paralympics and picked up two further medals last year.

After winning the women’s pursuit at last year’s London Olympics, Dani has already had a celebratory stamp, a postbox painted gold and a cycle route named after her in Hamble as well as being made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Rupert Kyrle said: “Winning a medal at an Olympic or Paralympic Games is a tremendous achievement and I will be delighted to be presenting the Freedom of the Borough to Dani and David.”

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4:50pm Thu 31 Jan 13

SaintM says...

A sportsperson is not a hero and does not deserve anything like this, its a mockery to real heroes not unknwown people
A sportsperson is not a hero and does not deserve anything like this, its a mockery to real heroes not unknwown people SaintM
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6:07pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

SaintM wrote:
A sportsperson is not a hero and does not deserve anything like this, its a mockery to real heroes not unknwown people
Actually, heroes can be ANYONE that people look up to but I would call David more of a hero as he has probably inspired others who could become paralympians but Dani is also a hero to female cyclists who regularly partake in competition, so yes, sportspersonalities can and regularly ARE heroes to many people, the most common sports people who are looked up to as heroes are sadly overpaid pansies chasing a ball around a field.
[quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: A sportsperson is not a hero and does not deserve anything like this, its a mockery to real heroes not unknwown people[/p][/quote]Actually, heroes can be ANYONE that people look up to but I would call David more of a hero as he has probably inspired others who could become paralympians but Dani is also a hero to female cyclists who regularly partake in competition, so yes, sportspersonalities can and regularly ARE heroes to many people, the most common sports people who are looked up to as heroes are sadly overpaid pansies chasing a ball around a field. Ginger_cyclist
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7:46pm Thu 31 Jan 13

IronLady2010 says...

We all interpret a hero in differing ways. I don't feel someone who won a medal at a sporting event is a hero. To me a hero is someone who has saved a life.
We all interpret a hero in differing ways. I don't feel someone who won a medal at a sporting event is a hero. To me a hero is someone who has saved a life. IronLady2010
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1:04am Fri 1 Feb 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
We all interpret a hero in differing ways. I don't feel someone who won a medal at a sporting event is a hero. To me a hero is someone who has saved a life.
To me, a hero is someone who pushes the boundaries and themselves beyond the limit, no matter what they do, something that olympians and especially parlympians do when competing but even me or you could be a hero to someone, even if we don't save any lives, in fact, we are all heroes in our own ways, no matter what we do, who we are, what we look like, our age or where we live, I mean, even a milk man could be considered a hero as some people wouldn't be able to get milk any other way, the same with delivery drivers, bus drivers, pilots, air traffic controllers, ground staff at airports, even the humble lolipop lady can all be the so called "unsung heroes" in our communities, yes, saving a life is a great thing to do, so yes, they are also heroes.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: We all interpret a hero in differing ways. I don't feel someone who won a medal at a sporting event is a hero. To me a hero is someone who has saved a life.[/p][/quote]To me, a hero is someone who pushes the boundaries and themselves beyond the limit, no matter what they do, something that olympians and especially parlympians do when competing but even me or you could be a hero to someone, even if we don't save any lives, in fact, we are all heroes in our own ways, no matter what we do, who we are, what we look like, our age or where we live, I mean, even a milk man could be considered a hero as some people wouldn't be able to get milk any other way, the same with delivery drivers, bus drivers, pilots, air traffic controllers, ground staff at airports, even the humble lolipop lady can all be the so called "unsung heroes" in our communities, yes, saving a life is a great thing to do, so yes, they are also heroes. Ginger_cyclist
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1:19am Fri 1 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
We all interpret a hero in differing ways. I don't feel someone who won a medal at a sporting event is a hero. To me a hero is someone who has saved a life.
To me, a hero is someone who pushes the boundaries and themselves beyond the limit, no matter what they do, something that olympians and especially parlympians do when competing but even me or you could be a hero to someone, even if we don't save any lives, in fact, we are all heroes in our own ways, no matter what we do, who we are, what we look like, our age or where we live, I mean, even a milk man could be considered a hero as some people wouldn't be able to get milk any other way, the same with delivery drivers, bus drivers, pilots, air traffic controllers, ground staff at airports, even the humble lolipop lady can all be the so called "unsung heroes" in our communities, yes, saving a life is a great thing to do, so yes, they are also heroes.
You must have a lot of heroes in your life. Not that this is wrong, it's a shame the real heroes never get a mention by name.

There is a big difference between heroes and admiration.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: We all interpret a hero in differing ways. I don't feel someone who won a medal at a sporting event is a hero. To me a hero is someone who has saved a life.[/p][/quote]To me, a hero is someone who pushes the boundaries and themselves beyond the limit, no matter what they do, something that olympians and especially parlympians do when competing but even me or you could be a hero to someone, even if we don't save any lives, in fact, we are all heroes in our own ways, no matter what we do, who we are, what we look like, our age or where we live, I mean, even a milk man could be considered a hero as some people wouldn't be able to get milk any other way, the same with delivery drivers, bus drivers, pilots, air traffic controllers, ground staff at airports, even the humble lolipop lady can all be the so called "unsung heroes" in our communities, yes, saving a life is a great thing to do, so yes, they are also heroes.[/p][/quote]You must have a lot of heroes in your life. Not that this is wrong, it's a shame the real heroes never get a mention by name. There is a big difference between heroes and admiration. IronLady2010
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10:40am Fri 1 Feb 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
We all interpret a hero in differing ways. I don't feel someone who won a medal at a sporting event is a hero. To me a hero is someone who has saved a life.
To me, a hero is someone who pushes the boundaries and themselves beyond the limit, no matter what they do, something that olympians and especially parlympians do when competing but even me or you could be a hero to someone, even if we don't save any lives, in fact, we are all heroes in our own ways, no matter what we do, who we are, what we look like, our age or where we live, I mean, even a milk man could be considered a hero as some people wouldn't be able to get milk any other way, the same with delivery drivers, bus drivers, pilots, air traffic controllers, ground staff at airports, even the humble lolipop lady can all be the so called "unsung heroes" in our communities, yes, saving a life is a great thing to do, so yes, they are also heroes.
You must have a lot of heroes in your life. Not that this is wrong, it's a shame the real heroes never get a mention by name.

There is a big difference between heroes and admiration.
Yes, I do but you are wrong, a hero is someone to be admired, therefore if someone is admired for something then they are technically a hero.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: We all interpret a hero in differing ways. I don't feel someone who won a medal at a sporting event is a hero. To me a hero is someone who has saved a life.[/p][/quote]To me, a hero is someone who pushes the boundaries and themselves beyond the limit, no matter what they do, something that olympians and especially parlympians do when competing but even me or you could be a hero to someone, even if we don't save any lives, in fact, we are all heroes in our own ways, no matter what we do, who we are, what we look like, our age or where we live, I mean, even a milk man could be considered a hero as some people wouldn't be able to get milk any other way, the same with delivery drivers, bus drivers, pilots, air traffic controllers, ground staff at airports, even the humble lolipop lady can all be the so called "unsung heroes" in our communities, yes, saving a life is a great thing to do, so yes, they are also heroes.[/p][/quote]You must have a lot of heroes in your life. Not that this is wrong, it's a shame the real heroes never get a mention by name. There is a big difference between heroes and admiration.[/p][/quote]Yes, I do but you are wrong, a hero is someone to be admired, therefore if someone is admired for something then they are technically a hero. Ginger_cyclist
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