One of country’s most inspiring teenagers – Nick Griggs – has been honoured with a civic reception by Mid Ulster District Council.
Nick won gold against the odds at the European U-20 Championships just weeks after the tragic death of his brother Josh.
The Newmills runner, stormed to victory in the 3,000m event in Estonia and has been tipped for even greater achievements in the years ahead.
Nick has also recorded a record-breaking performance in the Under 18 Irish Youth and Under 17 British records for the 5,000 metres and 3,000 metres respectively.
And he also delivered a three-time record-breaking performance in the Irish Juvenile Championships, smashing both the three thousand metre and five hundred metre times.
So far, the 16-year-old has won an impressive three Irish titles at under 18 and under 20 levels.
Chair of the Council, Councillor Paul McLean congratulated Nick saying, “All of this success would be exceptional at the best of times, but to do so at the age of just 16 in Estonia and all before the age of 20 illustrates the extent of your physical strength, talent and potential.
“I congratulate you on your achievements so far, knowing that there are more to come, and wish you well in your lifelong ambition to become an Olympic athlete.”
Nick’s family have also been praised for their central role in cross-community work in Derrytresk and Newmills areas, including the recent successful Camp Joshua event.