Civic leaders in Wigan are sending congratulations to the borough’s fastest woman, Jenny Meadows after she placed among the medals in the World Athletic Championships.
The 28 year-old Wigan Harrier became the third fastest British female athlete of all time when she came from behind to pip third place in the 800m finals at the World Athletics’ Championships in Berlin.
Jenny, who started her athletic career at the age of seven, posted a new personal best time of one minute, 57.93 seconds.
Following the race, Jenny said: “It proves you should never say never - you should always believe in yourself.”
Today the Deputy Leader of Wigan Council David Molyneux said Jenny performance and never-say-die attitude was a fine example of the Wigan spirit.
“Jenny is a credit to our borough and her achievement yesterday is something that we should all celebrate,” says Cllr Molyneux. “Jenny has been a champion for sport and healthy lifestyles in our borough. She has been more than willing in the past to get involved with initiatives devised by both the council and our partners in Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust to make Wigan healthier and her remarkable achievement is an inspiration to us all.”
In 2007 Jenny was the face of the council and Trust’s joint Sport, Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) campaign when it was launched.
Earlier this year she was crowned Sports Achiever of the Year at the annual Wigan Borough Sports Awards.
Chief Executive of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Rodney Hill, said: "Jenny is an inspiration, a true ambassador for this borough and a dedicated sportsperson we should all be proud of, long may her success continue."
Cllr Molyneux adds: “As we move towards the 2012 Olympic Games we know that many of our young and hopeful athletes in the borough will take great heart from Jenny’s achievements. And whatever your sport and whatever your level, an achievement like this is something we can all celebrate. We hope it spurs more people on to do their very best for both their personal pride and for the pride of our borough. Well done Jenny!”