Corby’s Commonwealth heroes were thanked for making the town proud at a civic reception this afternoon.
Daniel Keatings, who won two gymnastics silver medals and a gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and William Sharman, who won silver in the 110m hurdles, were guests of honour at the Corby Cube presentation.
The pair were congratulated on their efforts by mayor Anthony Dady. He said: “You have both made Corby very proud and we’re honoured to have you here to celebrate your achievements.
“You continue to be fantastic role models to younger people who strive to be as successful as you.”
The pair were presented with crystal bowls engraved with details of their successes.
William Sharman, who grew up on Corby’s Exeter Estate and attended St Patrick’s Primary School in the town, was at the presentation with his mum Denise, his two children and his partner. Paying tribute to Corby, he said: “We are privileged to come from such a place which continually supports us throughout our careers.”
William’s mum Denise said: “I am very, very overwhelmed and happy for William.
“I went to Scotland and was able to watch the race and at the end I just screamed ‘he’s done it.’
“I would have liked gold but getting a medal is all that matters.
“The whole family, all his cousins and his children, were there as well as his sponsors and I had a good feeling. I just thought ‘go for it.’”
Denise said that she is confident William will go one better at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.
“I’ll be there to watch him. I don’t care if I can’t afford it - I’ll do anything I can to be there to watch him,” she said.
William said: “I am a little bit disappointed not to have got a gold but I’m now very focused on the World Championships and I am confident about Rio.
“I manage to balance having a family with my athletics because I have wonderful support at home. I am very grateful to them.
“I am at the top of my game now and as I get better, I keep recalibrating my goals.”
Dan, who lives in Great Oakley and attended Studfall Infants School and Kingswood School, said he is delighted with his achievements at the games.
“I only had a couple of days to celebrate and then I was back in the gym training for the world championships,” he said.
“With hindsight, I’m a bit disappointed to have fallen on the high bar on the last day of the Commonwealths because I did want a gold, silver and bronze.
“But I am hoping to get another team medal at the World Championships and then go on to compete in a few individual events again.
“Confidence is high in the GB team and the Scotland team for the Olympics in two years and we’re all working together towards it.”