Bourne Town Council meets tonight to discuss whether to bestow honorary status on Paralympic skiier Jade Etherington from Lincoln. She could be given Freedom of the Parish for her exceptional achievements at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Lincoln's record-breaking skierJade Etherington, battled through the pain barrier to carry the flag at the closing ceremony of the Winter Paralympics in Sochi - but admitted her future in the sport was uncertain.
The proud 23-year-old refused to let illness deny her the chance to lead the team into the Fisht Stadium on Sunday night after it forced her out of her final race.
The athlete was laid low with an ovarian cyst rupture on Saturday night and spent much of the following day in a wheelchair due to the intense pain before managing to walk at the night's parade. She said:
"I am so honoured. I felt better in the evening for the ceremony, but I was taking pain killers. I was in a wheelchair for most of the day, but I knew I needed to stand to lift the flag."
Jade Etherington has spoken of her pride in being selected to carry the GB flat at tonight's closing ceremony,
I feel tremendously privileged to be selected to carry our flag in front of an international crowd and specifically the GB audience back home. We've raised the flag four times this week already so this time it will be nice to carry it. Being visually impaired, I'll be able to see this one. As we missed the opening ceremony, we are really excited to both be getting to go to the closing ceremony. And for a change I'll be the one guiding Caroline around, as well as the whole team.
– Paralympian medal winner Jade Etherington
A senior management team of ParalympicsGB staff, headed by chef de missionPenny Briscoe, chose Etherington as flag bearer.
Jade (supported by Caroline) has delivered consistent medal-winning performances in each of the races she has competed in, making her Britain's most celebrated Winter Paralympian.
Lincoln's Jade Etherington has had to pull out of her final event of the Winter Paralympics in Sochi through illness.
There were great hopes that visually-impaired Jade and her guide Caroline Powell would have gone on the win a record-breaking fifth medal - and potentially their first gold -in the giant slalom. But Jade was ill last night and still felt unwell this morning.
However, she has been named as Great Britain's flag bearer for tonight's closing ceremony - illness permitting. A decision on her involvement in the ceremony at the Fisht Stadium will be made later.