30 Aug 2008

Hastings park could be named in honour of gold medal-winning twins

4:22 pm on 30 August 2008

Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule wants to see a park named in honour of Olympic rowing gold medallists Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell.

Thousands turned up in Napier and Hastings on Saturday to welcome home the twins and other Olympians, including cycling bronze medallist Westley Gough.

Mr Yule says the achievements of the Evers-Swindells in winning back-to-back Olympic golds is remarkable.

He paid tribute following a ticker tape parade in Hastings to their dedication, commitment, vision and success.

Mr Yule says, following consultation with their parents, he will recommend to Hastings District Council that a park be named after the sisters, to permanently recognise their achievements.

Olympic medal winner Gough says he's was overwhelmed by the reception he and other Beijing heroes received in the Hawke's Bay cities on Saturday.

Gough helped the 4,000 metres team pursuit squad qualify for the bronze medal race but wasn't part of the four-strong team which stood on the dais to accept their medal.

But after a successful appeal, the Waipukurau rider was awarded a medal.