During an official presentation at Evesham Rowing Club, Lauren Rowles, GB Wheelchair Basketball Men’s Head Coach Haj Bhania, Claire Cashmore, Alex Gregory and Rebecca Redfern all collected the very first Black Pear Tree Award, an initiative launched by World Class Worcestershire.
Introduced one by one, the athletes were given a guard of honour, provided by the young sportsmen and women of Evesham Rowing Club. They were then presented with their special pear trees which each featured a plaque with their individual names on.
It was a special homecoming particularly for Alex Gregory, who remains actively involved with Evesham Rowing Club even though he no longer lives in the county. He won a gold medal at the Olympics, rowing in the men's coxless four.
He admitted he was over the moon to receive one of the trees and added he wasn't sure where he'd choose to plant it at his home.
He said: "It's truly an honour to receive a Worcestershire Black Pear tree."
Droitwich's Rebecca Redfern, who won silver in the 100m Breaststroke in the Paralympics, tweeted afterwards: "Thank you @worcscc for my very own black pear tree! #WorldClassWorcs"
Worcestershire County Council chairman Tony Miller, who spoke at the event, praised the achievements of all five, saying: "World Class Worcestershire celebrates all of this and shares the county's successes. It raises the profile of the county that we love."
"We hope that you will plant these trees in a place that reminds you of the achievement that made you the pride of the county and the inspiration for so many people out there who have now taken up sports as a result of your performances in Rio."
More winners of the Black Pear Award will be named shortly. People can also nominate those who they think should receive this unique prize which is open to individuals, companies and to organisations that have championed Worcestershire and represent the best of what this county has to offer.