Paralympic swimmer Stephanie Millward to get freedom of Corsham
Paralympic swimmer Stephanie Millward is being given the freedom of her home town.
The sportswoman who now lives in Bath will become a freewoman of Corsham this weekend.
The Team GB athlete grew up in Box, attending The Corsham School and starting her career at Corsham Swimming Club.
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 17, she has become an inspiration to many, and people in Corsham want to mark her achievements.
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Stephanie, 31, won the most medals of any other Team GB athlete at the London Games, scooping four silvers and a bronze.
The freedom presentation takes place on Saturday, starting at 11.30am with a parade involving children from the swimming club.
It will start at The Methuen Arms and walk down the High Street to the town hall, where Corsham Band - a traditional brass band - will be playing.
Town council chairman Councillor Peter Anstey will then present Stephanie with the freedom of the town at noon.
Local dignitaries, including Wiltshire Lord Lieutenant Sarah Troughton, Wiltshire Council leader Councillor Jane Scott, and Chippenham MP Duncan Hames will join Stephanie’s friends and family at a reception in the town hall.
Local butchers Thomas’s are planning to create a Stephanie Millward sausage to mark the occasion.
It has been a busy time for Stephanie, who has also been learning to ride again.
She was a keen rider as a teenager, and has been attempting to renew her skills with the help of the Saxon group of the Riding for the Disabled charity.
The charity offers riding sessions for anyone of any age with a disability or learning difficulty.
Heather Marshall is working with Stephanie on improving her riding at the branch’s base at Widbrook near Bradford on Avon
Her husband Ken will be running the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday to raise money for the charity, and hopes to beat his personal best of one hour 34 minutes.
To support him visit www.justgiving.com/Ken-BathHalf.