Kellie Harrington proposed for Dublin's Freedom of the City after phenomenal win
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An official proposal has been made for Kellie Harrington to receive Dublin's Freedom of the City award after her phenomenal win.
The Dublin native picked up the lightweight gold medal in Tokyo over the weekend following her Olympic final against Beatriz Ferreira.
Dublin city councillor and friend of Kellie, Cllr. Nial Ring, has since proposed that Harrington be honoured with the Freedom of the City as a “fitting recognition of her achievements". If the proposal is accepted, Kellie would be the first ever boxer to received such an award.
Following her historic win, Harrington told RTÉ Sport that she felt the "whole country" was behind her. "It's just fantastic. I can't wait to get back home," she said. "I'm absolutely exhausted to be honest. What a journey, it's just fantastic.
"There have been times in my career when people say the whole country is behind you. This time I really, really feel the whole country is behind me."
She went on: "People might say, 'that's a pressure' and you might feel you have a big weight on your shoulders but I actually really didn't. I knew no matter what happened out here, whether it was gold, silver or whatever, I knew I'd made myself proud and I know I'm making the people of Ireland proud regardless of the colour of the medal.
"Just being here and putting our little nation on the map, this is the stuff of dreams."
Harrington, a frontline worker who worked tirelessly on the wards during the height of the Covid pandemic, has since said that she plans to return to Fairview's St Vincent’s Hospital in a few weeks.
“I’m an Olympic champion, but it doesn’t define me as a person," she told the Independent. "I’ll be home, I’d say it will be a bit mental, but I will be going back to work, either in two weeks or three weeks."