CIVIC leaders have congratulated gold medal winning Olympian Anna Watkins MBE after the news she has given birth to her first child.
Rower Anna, originally from Longsdon, and her husband Oliver, welcomed baby William James to the world at Reading’s Royal Berkshire Hospital on Friday, September 20.
Anna announced the arrival of her first-born to her fans through her Facebook and Twitter pages.
She said: “My little baby boy was safely born on Friday.
“He’s healthy and chubby, and I’m good too.”
Leek’s town mayor Councillor John Fisher welcomed the new arrival for one of the district’s sporting heroes.
He said: “It’s great news and I’m very pleased for Anna and her family.
“It’s the icing on the cake after all of her wonderful achievements.
“To have a baby and a happy family is a wonderful blessing.
“I’m looking forward to seeing them both when they visit the town in the near future.”
Anna will be visiting Leek with William in the coming weeks, and is expected to take him to visit the town’s Bank House Day Centre in St Edward Street, which she is becoming a patron of.
Rowing champion Anna, aged 30, who grew up in Longsdon, won gold at last year's Olympics in London in the Double Sculls with rowing partner Katherine Grainger.
This summer Anna was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace for her services to rowing.
Anna now lives in Wokingham, Berkshire, with husband Oliver.
However, her Olympic achievements are marked by a goldpainted letter box in Derby Street, Leek.
Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council councillor Sybil Ralphs spoke of her happpiness at the news of the birth.
She said: “It’s just delightful news, this must be the cherry on the cake for Anna ad her husband.
“What a fantastic two years she has had and I hope she will bringing her son to see us in the Staffordshire Moorlands soon.
What a lucky little boy he is to have such fantastic parents and such a fantastic family."
Both Ms Ralphs and Mr Fisher said they were sending cards of congratulations to the family.