Guildhall reception honours ‘great ambassador for our region’

The Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock pictured with five times Paralympic 100m Champion Jason Smyth during a reception at the Guildhall to mark his latest gold medal at the Rio Games. Included are Jason's wife Elise and daughter Evie. Pictures: Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. INLS 46-708-CON

The Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock pictured with five times Paralympic 100m Champion Jason Smyth during a reception at the Guildhall to mark his latest gold medal at the Rio Games. Included are Jason's wife Elise and daughter Evie. Pictures: Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. INLS 46-708-CON

Sprinter Jason Smyth’s success at the Paralympic Games in Brazil has been recognised at a special reception in the Guildhall, Londonderry.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, hosted the welcome for the Eglinton man and his family.

The Mayor, Alderman Hilary McClintock, pictured with five times Paralympic 100m champion Jason Smyth during a reception in the Guildhall to mark his latest gold medal at the Rio Games. Included are Jason's family and friends. INCR 46-709-CON

The Mayor, Alderman Hilary McClintock, pictured with five times Paralympic 100m champion Jason Smyth during a reception in the Guildhall to mark his latest gold medal at the Rio Games. Included are Jason's family and friends. INCR 46-709-CON

Jason’s first place finish in the Men’s 100m T13 Final at the Olympic Stadium in Rio was his fifth Paralympic gold medal following his 100m and 200m success at the Beijing and London games.

“I was delighted to welcome Jason and his family to the Guildhall this week and honour his remarkable achievement in retaining his Paralympic title for a second time,” said Alderman McClintock.

“Jason has been putting local athletics on the international map for several years now and has been a great ambassador for our region as he competes across the globe.

“The fact that he has stayed at the top of his game for so long is a testament to his dedication and professionalism and he is a great role model for any young person in the city and district aiming to fulfil their potential in their chosen sport.”

Among those enjoying the special reception with Jason, who is a former pupil of Limavady Grammar School, was his wife Elise, daughter Evie, parents Lloyd and Diane and grandparents, Heather and Robert Smyth and Hilda Hastings.

Also in attendance at the landmark location were Dympna Stewart, Gerard O’Donnell and Debbie Caulfield from Eglinton Show Committee who organised the visually-impaired runner’s homecoming parade in the village following his triumph in Rio.