Herefordshire Council members voted on Friday 16 December to award the greatest honour it has in its power to bestow on any individual resident, namely to admit Sascha Kindred OBE to be honorary Freeman of the County of Herefordshire. This is the first time this award has been made to an individual by the council.
The special meeting was in recognition of the outstanding contribution that Sascha, who lives and trains in the county, has made to swimming in general, and to the Paralympic Games, World Championships and European Championships. The honour recognises the major successes, medals and world records that he has achieved, particularly during the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games where Sascha won his seventh Paralympic gold medal and broke the world record for the men’s 200 metre individual medley.
Sascha Kindred OBE said:
“I am very pleased to have been bestowed this high honour by the county of Herefordshire. Competing at six Paralympic Games has been a great achievement and to be recognised by the council and local community is a great honour.”
Sasha has competed and attended many Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming events over the years, competing in Nationals and World Games, saying;
“ I have been fortunate enough to be involved with CP Sport for over 25 years and they have helped me become a successful Paralympic Swimmer and Champion. CP Sport spotted me as a young boy who could swim and then helped me develop my passion for the sport by giving me information and encouragement to get to the next level. They helped me with training and completion opportunities which i owe them a lot for. Competing with them in places like Belgium, Germany and sunny Nottingham has given me fond memories and I will continue to support them to help the next generation of young children get into swimming. CP Sport is an awesome charity to support and in particular swimming.”
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