Civic reception for teenage Northern Ireland athlete Nick Griggs who overcame family tragedy to win gold medal

A special civic reception has been held to celebrate the success of teenage athlete Nick Griggs.
Nick Griggs (centre) with his parents and friends at the Civic Honours receptionNick Griggs (centre) with his parents and friends at the Civic Honours reception
Nick Griggs (centre) with his parents and friends at the Civic Honours reception

Over the past few months the 16-year-old from Newmills has won a gold medal win in the men’s 3,000 metres at the European Athletics Under 20 Championships in Tallin, Estonia and broken youth records for the 5,000 metres and 3,000 metres.

Nick dedicated his gold medal victory in Estonia in July to his brother Josh who had died the previous month in a road accident in Banbridge.

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The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Paul McLean, held a Civic Honours Reception for Nick this week to recognise his achievements.

He 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.”

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