Olympians set for awards

HARTLEPOOL Olympians Jemma Lowe and Savannah Marshall are to be formally recognised for their sporting achievements.

The two Hartlepool sportswomen who formed part of the highly-successful Team GB at the London Olympics 2012 are to receive a special award to mark their individual sporting successes and what they have done to put the town on the map.

Former High Tunstall College of Science student Jemma Lowe looked as though she was going to finish with a medal in the final of the Women’s 200m butterfly event, but a late rally from fellow swimmers saw her finish in a commendable sixth position.

World middleweight boxing champion Savannah Marshall, who attended English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, narrowly missed out on a medal after losing to Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova in a quarter-final bout.

Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, chairman of Hartlepool Council, said: “The whole town is very proud of Jemma and Savannah, and it is right and proper that we acknowledge their achievements in this way.

“To compete in the Olympic Games is an amazing accolade. Jemma and Savannah are both excellent ambassadors for Hartlepool and their sporting achievements have helped to spread the good name of Hartlepool around the world.

“Clearly, their success has been achieved through hard work and dedication to their chosen sports and there’s no doubt that their achievements will help inspire the young people of our town to strive for similar success.”

Jemma and Savannah will both be presented with a glass award to mark their achievements.

Jemma will be presented with her award on Thursday and Savannah will be presented with her award at a later date.