RISING cycling star Evie Richards has been formally recognised for her Commonwealth Games success by members of Malvern Hills District Council.
The 21-year-old represented Team England at the games on Australia’s Gold Coast where she claimed a silver medal in the women’s mountain bike cross country race.
It was the first major championship medal for the former Chase School student who is already a double world champion at under-23 level.
In honour of her achievement, Malvern Hills District Council invited Evie to attend last Tuesday’s annual council meeting so they could formally congratulate her.
She was also presented with a special certificate of recognition on behalf of the people of the district.
“I can’t believe how much it means to everyone, and I just want to thank everyone for being so behind me,” said Evie.
“I have never been so emotional on the podium before, I had tears in my eyes.
“The Commonwealth Games has always been such a big dream of mine I just couldn’t believe what I had achieved.
“Seeing all my family crying in the crowd too made it even more special being able to share the moment with them.”
The hope is Evie will go on to represent Team GB at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020 and she also has her sights set on going for gold when Birmingham hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
“Of course the Olympics has always been a massive goal and I feel like its slowly creeping up on me,” she added.
“However, I still have lots of World Cups, National Championships and World Championships to race before Tokyo which will help me prepare for the big day.
“It is so exciting that Birmingham will be holding the next Commonwealth Games – it will be amazing to have it so close to home.”
Coun Chris O’Donnell, who made the presentation as one of the last acts in her role as chairman, said: “Evie is not only a fantastic role model and ambassador for her sport and her country but for Malvern and this district too.
“We are incredibly proud of Evie and wish her continued success both in and away from the sporting arena.
“I hope her exploits will inspire the next generation of Evie Richards’ to realise their dreams.”