A week after the celebrations in his home town of Uttoxeter, City of Derby Swimming Club star Adam Peaty was honoured by Derby City Council who awarded the Olympic Champion with  the Freedom of the City of Derby. The award was presented by the Mayor of Derby Councillor Linda Winter in front of another large crowd gathered outside Derby’s Council House. Adam also received a Royal Crown Derby golden toucan, from Council Leader Cllr Ranjit Banwait, to mark his achievement.

There were further presentations of Royal Crown Derby toucans to City of Derby swimmer Lewis White, who returned from the Paralympic Games in Rio with a bronze medal in the S9 400m freestyle swimming event, and to Mel Marshall who coaches both Adam and Lewis at City of Derby Swimming Club. Unfortunately Mel was delayed en route and her award was collected by City of Derby Swimming Club’s new assistant coach Mandy Bell. Richard Pilcher also picked up a Royal Crown Derby ram presented to the coaching staff at City of Derby Swimming Club.