Instead of the golden post boxes which were awarded after London 2012, Worcestershire's medalists are to be awarded with their very own Black Pear Tree. The Worcestershire Black Pear is the county's symbol.
Rowers Alex Gregory (MBE) from Evesham and Lauren Rowles from Bromsgrove, along with swimmer Claire Cashmore from the Wyre Forest are all to be the first to receive the honour. All excelled in Rio and all are delighted to be receiving the prize.
Claire Cashmore, along with her team mates won the 34-point 4x100m medley relay in a world record at Rio said: "Receiving this prestigious award is a great honour and something I will treasure forever. It means a lot as Worcestershire is where my journey to becoming a Paralympian started. I was swimming at Wyre Forest Swimming Club when I competed at my first Paralympic Games in Athens and the ongoing support they have given me has been fantastic. I just want to say a massive thank you to all of Worcestershire for your support!"
Alex Gregory who won a gold medal, rowing in the men's coxless four said: "The support I've received from Worcestershire is not just a recent thing. I've been supported since first taking up rowing at Evesham Rowing Club 16 years ago. The journey has not been straight forward and through many difficult times the messages of support from people in the county have meant everything to me. Now I can repay that support with two Olympic Gold medals, a part of which belong to the people of Worcestershire. Thank you for the award, it's truly an honour to receive a Worcestershire Black Pear tree."
It is hoped that this unique awards scheme will come to epitomise the community spirit of the people of Worcestershire. It will also help to highlight the breadth of talent we have within the county, be it through sport, business, education, the arts or by acknowledging those people who go above and beyond to put something back into their community.
The awards are to be launched at a celebration event which is to be held at Evesham Rowing Club on Friday 28 October 2016 at 1:30pm. For more info please click here
If you are part of a community group, a school, or if you just know somebody who you think should receive what is an uniquely Worcestershire 'pat on the back' then we want to hear from you as we want your nominations for the next set of Black Pear Tree Awards. Please visit the World Class Worcestershire website here and submit your nomination via the Get Involved section.