Olympic weightlifter Zoe Smith recognised in Bexley civic awards

PUBLISHED: 14:10 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:10 29 April 2013

Bexley Mayor Cllr Alan Downing with weightlifter Zoe Smith

Bexley Mayor Cllr Alan Downing with weightlifter Zoe Smith


Olympic weightlifting star Zoe Smith and two policemen who saved a woman from drowning are among 22 people honoured in Bexley Council’s civic recognition awards.

Former Townley Grammar School student Miss Smith, from Abbey Wood, competed in the London Olympics aged just 18 and broke a British record in the process last summer.

Two policemen, Pc Jason Campbell and Pc Stefan Rule, pulled a woman out of the Thames who was drowning in Thamesmead last July.

Bexley Mayor Cllr Alan Downing presented the awards in Bexleyheath’s civic offices in the ceremony on Wednesday.

He said: ““I am so pleased to see so many people attending to support family and friends receiving awards, they should be very proud of what they have accomplished and what they are contributing to their community.”

Other winners included fellow Team GB weightlifter Jack Oliver, Sam Haskell, who saved the lives of his neighbours when he rescued them from their burning house and a host of youth workers who have dedicated their time to sports teams and clubs in Bexley.

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