Herefordshire Council has awarded the greatest honour it has in its power to bestow on any individual resident, namely admit Sascha Kindred to be honorary Freeman of the County of Herefordshire. This is the first time this award has been made to an individual.
The council voted on Friday to award Freeman of the County of Herefordshire to Sascha, in recognition of the outstanding contribution that Sascha has made to swimming in general, and to the Paralympic Games in particular, recognising the major successes, medals and world records that he has achieved, especially in the 2016 Paralympic Games by winning a gold medal and breaking the world record for the men's 200 metre swimming medley.
“I am very pleased to have been bestowed this high honour by the county of Herefordshire. Competing at 6 Paralympic Games has been a great achievement and to be recognised by the council and local community is a great honour.”
“Everyone has always been supportive of my journey and I would like to thank everyone in Herefordshire.”
Earlier this month in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Sascha won the gold medal for swimming in the men’s 200 metre medley, breaking the world record at the same time.
This was the 7th gold medal that Sascha has won since competing in his very first Paralympic Games back in 1996 in Atlanta.
After 20 years of competing, Rio saw the last Paralympic appearance by Sascha after a remarkable record of achievement, winning a total of 62 major championship medals including 7 golds at Paralympic Games, 11 golds at World Championships and 14 golds at European Championships during his career.
In the Queen's New Year’s Honours list of 2009 he was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his sporting achievements. Four years ago, the former Council Chairman, the late Cllr Olwyn Barnett, presented a certificate of congratulations to him and other medal winners from the 2012 Paralympic Games at a welcome home celebration in High Town in Hereford.
The Chairman of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Brian Wilcox said
“In recognition of Sascha’s achievements in Paralympic, world, European and other championships, Herefordshire Council make this award to acknowledge the outstanding contribution he has made to sport and in representing Herefordshire in these and other major competitions over the past two decades, attracting national and international acclaim, bringing honour and credit on him, his family and connections including the county where he lives and to which he has rendered eminent service.”
One of Sascha's gold medals