Sir Chris Hoy to be Granted Freedom of Edinburgh

Submitted by edg on Fri, 24 Aug '12 5.15am

Edinburgh City Council yesterday voted to award Sir Chris Hoy the Freedom of the City.

Proposals to hold a civic reception and other celebrations, such as an open-top bus parade, for all Olympians and Paralympians with an Edinburgh connection were also approved. Details will be announced once arrangements are finalised.

Hoy, who hails from Edinburgh, is the most successful British Olympian ever in terms of gold medals awarded, having won his first gold in Athens in 2004, three more in Beijing in 2008, and a further two more at the London Olympics.

Among his other honours, the Velodrome at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has been named after him. 

The Freedom of the City is considered the highest honour a council can bestow on an individual. Sir Chris was also winner of the Edinburgh Award in 2009 (he is pictured above having his hands cast for placement in Edinburgh City Chambers quad).

"Sir Chris is an outstanding ambassador for Edinburgh and an inspirational role model for our city's young people, proving that hard work, dedication and sheer determination can help turn natural talent into world-beating success," said Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Donald Wilson.

“I have written to Sir Chris advising him of Council’s decision and very much hope he accepts this honour and that, in due course, we can welcome him to Edinburgh for what will undoubtedly be a wonderful occasion.”

The council also recognised the contribution of all of the volunteers, coaches, officials, friends and families who have all played a part in the success of Team GB – and committed to ensuring that those associated with Edinburgh be part of the celebrations.