On Thursday, 1st December 2016, Nicola Wilson unveiled a plaque in Northerallerton’s Town Square that has been renamed Olympic Square in honour of the district’s Olympians and Paralympians.
Nicola, who took an eventing team silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics, together with Para-rower Laurence Whitleley, who took the gold medal in Rio for the trunks and arms mixed double sculls unveiled plaques, made by Dales of Thirsk and installed by Foden Spence Construction, of Stokesley, commemorating their successes, alongside a plaque for rower Kat Copeland, of Stokesley, who took gold in 2012.
Ahead of the opening ceremony, Nicola described the move as a huge honour, saying, “I’m so grateful to all the people that helped me achieve my dream on winning a medal at an Olympic Games and also a huge thank you to UK Sport and the National Lottery for their incredible support.”
Hambleton District Council has said it will mark future successes by local Paralympian and Olympians by inserting plaques into the pavement of the square, creating a walk of fame.
“The achievements of our local athletes over the last two games have made us all proud to live in Hambleton,” said Council leader, Councillor Mark Robson.
“Laurence, Kat and Nicola are a testament to hard work and determination. They are already inspiring a new generation of young athletes just starting out on their sporting journeys.”