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Council to Honour Rio Hero with Commemorative Coffee Set

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Rio hero Jon Schofield (right) and kayak partner Liam Heath.
Published Tuesday, 08 November 2016

Ribble Valley kayak ace Jon Schofield, who surged his way to success at the Rio Olympics, is to be honoured with a specially commissioned coffee set thrown by top potter Matt Wilcock.

Jon, who has been supported by Ribble Valley Borough Council’s sports and arts excellence grants scheme, secured second place in the kayak pairs 200m sprint at the Lagoa Stadium.

Jon and kayak partner Liam Heath took silver after beating Lithuanian duo Aurimas Lankas and Edvinas Ramanauskas in a split-second photo-finish.

Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said: “We are immensely proud to have supported Jon over the years and thrilled with his success.

“For him to have won bronze at London 2012 was fantastic enough, but to have topped that with a silver at Rio is outstanding.

“We know Jon likes a good cup of coffee, so we have asked Matt Wilcock to produce a special coffee set, which we will present to Jon in due course.”

Jon Schofield said: “The competition at Rio was fierce and we worked hard prior to the Games on lowering our stroke rate and getting the most out of each stroke.  

“We have got a lot stronger since the London Olympics and are thrilled with our silver medal in Rio.

“I would like to thank Ribble Valley Borough Council for its help and support over the years, which is invaluable to young sportsmen and women.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council has commissioned clay ace Matt Wilcock, who won last year’s surprise TV hit the Great Pottery Throw Down, to produce a commemorative coffee set for budding barista Jon.

Matt’s much-in-demand pottery marries technical ability with astonishing artistry, and was recently exhibited at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe.

Keen cyclist Matt, who produced the trophy for this year’s Manchester Marathon, said: “The Rio Olympics was extremely vibrant and has given me plenty of inspiration for Jon’s coffee set, which I am delighted to be producing.”

The coffee set will be presented to Jon at the Ribble Valley sports and arts excellence grants awards evening next spring.

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