West Bradford Olympic pentathlon hero honoured at House of Commons

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans with his constituent and Olympic silver medal winner Samantha Murray on the terrace of the House of Commons.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans with his constituent and Olympic silver medal winner Samantha Murray on the terrace of the House of Commons.

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Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray was welcomed to the House of Commons by her own Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.

Speaking from Westminster, Mr Evans said: “It was an honour to meet West Bradford’s Samantha Murray. She has done our area and our country proud by winning a Silver Medal in the Women’s Modern Pentathlon.

“Like most Brits, and indeed people the world over, I have been fascinated by the games, so it was quite a privilege to learn about them from the view of an athlete.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games have been such an important part of our lives over the past six weeks, it has brought this country together. We have all shared in the joy as Team GB in both Games rocketed our way to the top end of the medal table.

“But the Games have been much more than counting medals. It is about sport, and how it can inspire a generation; inspire that generation to achieve more than the generation before them.”

Mr Evans, who is also Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, added: “Closer to home, the Longridge Community Gym has just received extra funding to be able to stay open almost every day of the year, this is excellent news for our area, especially for our young people who are looking to the future and looking at our athletes and being inspired to take up a healthy and positive hobby.

“Samantha, and our other local talent, Bronze Medallist Jon Schofield from Clitheroe, are proof that those individuals who put their minds to achieving something, most certainly can.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Flame might be relit for another four years, but the flame of British sporting spirit will no doubt burn brightly right up until and beyond Rio 2016 thanks to our hard working, aspiring athletes, their coaches, and the support of the British people.”