Derby

Paratriathletes Phil Hogg and Dave Ellis honoured by council

Dave Ellis and Phil Hogg
Image caption Dave Ellis and Phil Hogg will be given the Freedom of the Borough of Amber Valley for their sporting prowess

Two Derbyshire sportsmen are to be given the highest honour a local authority can bestow - the freedom of borough.

Amber Valley Borough Council voted to make paratriathletes Phil Hogg and Dave Ellis Honorary Freeman.

Both men won gold at the European Championships and are aiming for the Paralympics.

Only three other people have received the honour since 2001. It was previously reserved for councillors.

'Inspirational'

Councillor Steve Hayes said: "Both Phil and Dave are fantastic role models and we are delighted to be able to honour them in this way.

"The commitment and dedication they have both demonstrated is inspirational and their achievements have made the borough very proud."

Mr Hogg's disability sporting career began in wheelchair basketball following a cycling accident in 1991.

He recently converted to the paratriathlon, claiming gold at the European and British championships, and posted the fastest ever British triathlete time when he came fourth in the world championships.

Dave Ellis moved into paratriathlon via swimming where he was a multiple gold medal winner.

Shortly after the switch to his new discipline he claimed a gold medal in the Tri6B category for visually-impaired athletes at the European and British championships and took gold in the ITU World Paratriathalon Championships in London.

The council recently voted to bestow the honour which will take place at a ceremony in Ripley later this year.

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