Teresa Goodwin receives Freedom of the Town

Barry Town Council were honoured last night to present Teresa Goodwin with the Freedom of Town in honour of her incredible achievement in gaining World Championship status in Archery.

At the meeting, Councillor Pritchard proposed, with Councillor Johnson seconding that “Teresa Goodwin of Barry Town, being a person who has rendered eminent services to the Town within the meaning of Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972 be admitted an Honorary Freeman of the Town of Barry, in accordance with the provision of the said Act, and that the Common Seal of Barry Town Council be affixed to the scroll of Admission and the Roll of Honorary Freeman. Further, Teresa Goodwin does receive the scroll and Honorary Freeman at this Extraordinary Meeting of the Council held on 9 March 2017, following which Teresa Goodwin will be duly admitted an Honorary Freeman of the Town during the Mayoralty of Councillor Charlotte Williams.”

Teresa is a 37 year old mum from Barry, who after taking up the sport of archery just four years ago has attained the title of IFAA World Field Archery Champion.

Teresa took up the sport after an activity holiday with her eight year old son Daniel and in September travelled to Wagga Wagga in Melbourne, Australia to compete in the IFAA World Field Archery tournament.

The event should have been held over five rounds but due to appalling weather conditions the last two rounds were cancelled.  However, despite the driving rain and strong winds, by the end of round three Teresa had a firm lead over Germany’s Gaby Wadle, who eventually came second.

Teresa is only the fifth Welsh Archer to become a World Champion and the second woman to be awarded Freedom of the Town of Barry.

The act of granting an individual “Freedom of the Town” (known as Honorary Freeman) is now seen as an honorary title and is only awarded to those who have “rendered eminent services to the Town within the meaning of Section 259 of the Local Government Act 1933” and is the highest honour a Council can bestow.

Recent previous awardees of this honour have been James Savoury, Lee Selby and David Davies.

Barry Town Council would like to recognise more citizens for their achievements or contributions to their local community and would ask if you know someone who you think deserves this honour, to nominate them.  Nominations should be in writing and sent to the Town Clerk, Barry Town Council, 7 Gladstone Road, Barry, CF62 8NA.  The nomination should give details of why you think the person you are nominating deserves the award, i.e. what have they achieved, what contribution have they made to their community either on a personal level or through their chosen career.

All nominations will then be considered by Council and should they deem the nominee worthy of the Freedom of the Town (in accordance with the criteria), they will be notified accordingly.  There is no deadline for nominations, as the Council would consider all nominations received throughout the year and may award the Freedom more than once in a Municipal Year.