Four-time winter Paralympic medallist Jade Etherington will become the first person to be granted the freedom of Bourne.
Jade, 23, won three silver medals and one bronze in Sochi earlier this month alongside guide Caroline Powell, making her the most decorated British athlete in a single winter Paralympic games.
Bourne Town Council decided (yesterday) Wednesday bestow the honorary status of the freedom of the parish onto the visually-impaired skier. The honour, available to parish councils since 2009, is the highest the authority can bestow.
The council has already agreed to hold a civic reception in honour of Jade on Monday. Jade, a trainee teacher, will be taken on a tour of all the schools in Bourne in a vintage car. She will also visit The Deepings School and Baston Primary School, where she was a pupil.
She will then be taken to the corn exchange to meet the public at 2.15pm. A civic reception will be held in the corn exchange at about 3pm when mayor of Bourne David Higgs will make a formal presentation.
Coun Higgs said: “I am privileged as town mayor to meet Jade and express to her how proud I am personally of her, but also to give her and understanding of how proud Bourne is of her and the incredible achievement of becoming a four-time Paralympian in Sochi.
“I can’t wait to meet such a talented, dedicated and determined young lady.”
Jade will also be taken on an open-top bus tour of Lincoln, where she studies at Bishop Grosseteste University, on Friday next week. She received funding from the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme, run by Lincolnshire Sport in conjunction with Lincolnshire County Council.
Chief executive officer of Lincolnshire Sport Janet Inamn said: “Here at Lincolnshire Sport, we couldn’t be more proud of Jade and we wanted to do something where we could bring communities together and really celebrate her achievements at the Winter Games. She has inspired the whole county – and the whole country – with her history making success.
“The open top bus tour will be a fantastic way to welcome Jade home and let her know how proud we are of her. I would encourage everyone to come along and celebrate with us!”
The full schedule for Monday’s event in Bourne is as follows:
9.20am to 9.40am - Baston Primary School
10am to 10.20am - Sainsbury’s, Exeter Street
10.35am to 10.55am - Bourne Westfield Primary
11.10am to 11.30am - Bourne Academy
11.45pm to 12.05pm - Bourne Abbey Primary
12.20pm to 12.40pm - The Deepings School
12.55pm to 1.15pm - Bourne Grammar School
1.30pm to 2pm - The Willoughby School
2.15pm - Arrive at Bourne Corn Exchange
3pm Civic reception