A lioness from England has been nominated for a prestigious People’s Choice Award following her heroic performances at the Women’s World Cup.
A motion has been made to grant maidstone-née Alessia Russo Freedom from the Borough – the highest honor a council can bestow on an individual.
Russo was one of England coach Sarina Wiegman’s star players during the team’s run to the final.
Yet, although they led their country’s attack in the first half on Sunday, that was not the case for the Lionesses who succumbed to a draw. Lost 1-0 to Spain in Sydney.
Now Maidstone Councilor Stanley Forecast has nominated her for the Freedom of the Borough award, which has already been endorsed by Cllr Michelle Hastie.
It is traditionally awarded to residents who have made a significant contribution to their hometown or who have achieved something exceptional.
Cllr Forecast, the representative for the Conservative Borough of Allington, said: ‘This week I brought a motion to Maidstone Council that we grant our hometown Lioness, Alessia Russo, borough freedom.
“The Lionesses became our European champions and our second World Cup runners-up – with our striker from Maidstone a key player.
“If all colleagues were willing to support my motion, we would show our enormous pride in Alessia’s achievement as well as our commitment to women’s sport.”
Russo went to East Farleigh Primary and St Simon Stock Secondary – while playing for Bearsted FC – at the beginning of his career.
She also played junior football for West Farleigh before being scouted by Charlton Athletic – and later signing for Arsenal.
North Ward Representative Cllr Hastie added: “I am pleased to have supported this motion with Council to award Alessia the Borough of Maidstone Honorary Man of Honor.
“Regardless of the final World Cup result on Sunday, Cllr Stanley Forecast and myself, with the support of our entire advisory group, believe it is only fitting that Alessia be honored by the City.
“It is for her outstanding achievement and the inspiration she has given to young girls (and boys) in the borough.”
The English striker has already been honored to Maidstone for his role in the team’s European Championship triumph last year.
The 24-year-old had a room in the new Mote Park cafe and visitor center named after her for her efforts to help the team win the trophy 13 months ago.