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Samantha Murray

Plans to improve Witton on back of local Olympic success


Blackburn with Darwen Council are planning a “fitting civic tribute” to three local athletes as they return to their club, Blackburn Harriers.

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The heroes’ welcome will also be the launchpad for an investment of £2m in the athletics facilities at Witton Park.

Samantha Murray from Clitheroe won a silver medal in the modern pentathlon; Sophie Hitchon qualified for the hammer final, setting a new British Record to get there and Holly Bleasdale qualified for the pole vault final and finishing in the top six in the world.

Council leader Kate Hollern said: “These young people are superb role models.  As a borough we need to do everything we can to make sure their achievements are celebrated and help inspire the next generation. They should also influence our approach to sports in the borough.”

George Davies, secretary of Blackburn Harriers and Athletics Club, said: “We are delighted to receive congratulations from Blackburn with Darwen Council in respect of the achievements of our Olympic athletes.

“At such young ages, to achieve what they have done is nothing short of remarkable Everybody should take heart from the fact that these talented young women, who have become Olympians did so through hard work, determination, commitment and ambition. They have proved that it can be done. There are no limits to what can be achieved.

“It’s great to be so closely involved in exciting plans for the future of athletics in the borough.”

The announcement of a celebration of achievement comes following a Council commitment to invest £2m into improving athletics facilities at Witton Park in partnership with the Harriers. Detailed plans are expected to be announced before the end of the year. The Building School for the Future programme (BSF) will also result in improvements in sports facilities which will benefit pupils and the wider community.

Blackburn Life congratulate all our Olympians and those who strive to reach the same heights.

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