Rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield made Freeman of the Borough of Oldham

Oldham’s rugby legend and fundraiser Kevin Sinfield, who ran seven ultramarathons in one week, received the county’s top honor.

On Monday night, during a ceremony in front of councillors, relatives and friends, the former Leeds Rhinos star was officially given the title of honorary citizen of the borough, the most prestigious award a council can bestow.

Chief Executive Harry Catherall said it was a “token of the high regard” the 42-year-old enjoys from “the citizens of the Greater Borough of Oldham and in recognition of his outstanding service and inspirational achievement”.

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The sports star is one of just 27 people to receive the honor and joins the ranks of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, suffragist Marjory Lees and Olympic gold medalists Nicola White and Matt Walls.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest kickers of all time in rugby league, the former Patt had a successful playing career for over two decades, beginning at Waterhead ARLC in Oldham before blossoming at Leeds Rhinos and he is now the England national defensive manager Rugby Union side.

A seven-time Super League Champion, two-time Challenge Cup and three-time World Club Challenge winner, Kevin has played with both England and Great Britain on the international stage.

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