Dinas Powys has today been celebrating the achievements of local hero and Olympic gold medal sailor Hannah Mills MBE – who hails from the village and who learned to sail in Penarth.
Dinas Powys Community Council hosted a special reception at the Parish Hall and a celebratory plaque has been installed in a paved area of the “The Twyn” – on what is now probably destined to become Dinas Powys’s very own Hollywood-style “walk of fame”.
Hannah – with her crewmate Saskia Clark – won the won gruelling women’s 470 Class in the 2016 Rio Olympics amd has since been awarded an MBE and endowed with several other prestigious titles.
Amongst the distinguished guests and councillors and members of local organisations attending today’s celebration, was the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns who is Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, and the chair of Dinas Powys Community Council Cllr Margaret Hayley (Conservative Twyn Ward) – who will be retiring from the council in May this year.
The Welsh Secretary has just become a trustee of Ocean Water Sports which is developing the Barry Community Water Sports Centre at Barry Docks
Several members of Dinas Powys Community Council also attended what was an unique event in the history of the village
Hannah, who is very well-known in her home village, enjoyed meeting again many local people and has confirmed that she will be defending her title in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.