Pride of the Fylde

Fylde paralympians Shelly Woods and Myles Pearson receive a civic honour at St Annes Town Hall
Fylde paralympians Shelly Woods and Myles Pearson receive a civic honour at St Annes Town Hall

THEY earned the pride of Great Britain at last year’s Paralympics, and now Fylde’s Paralympians have been honoured in their home town with a civic reception.

Wheelchair racer Shelly Woods and wheelchair rugby player Myles Pearson were the guests of honour at the Town Hall in St Annes, when they were presented with certificates thanking them for their efforts during the summer games.

In a speech by Fylde Mayor Coun Heather Speak, the pair were hailed a credit to the borough.

Coun Speak said: “They have both overcome adversity to proudly represent Fylde and Team GB on the world stage.

“They are a credit to the borough and deserve all the accolades they have received.

“Everyone shares a sense of pride and admiration for Shelly and Myles.”

Speaking during the reception, Coun Speak added she hoped the Paralympians had helped inspire other young people with disabilities to take up sport.

St Annes resident Shelly, 26, won the nation’s hearts when she earned a silver medal for Team GB in the marathon.

At Tuesday night’s reception, she said: “This is a lovely honour.

“It’s nice to have been recognised for our efforts this summer. 2012 has been a busy year, but it’s been amazing and it’s nice to know everyone is so proud.”

Myles helped the nation’s wheelchair rugby team finish in fifth place, and after the summer’s excitement is back training with his team, Southport.

The 19-year-old, also from St Annes, said: “It’s a privilege to be involved in things like this.

“It was really nice how everyone came together for the Paralympics, and I was in the street a couple of weeks ago when some girls from Lytham High came over and asked for my autograph, which was just so nice.”

The sporting event of last year may have changed Myles’ life, but doesn’t consider himself a local celebrity.

“I’m just Myles,” he said. “Of course I’ve been really busy since last year, and there are more expectations when I play now, but it’s fantastic to be part of it all.”