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Olympian Ariarne Titmus receives key to Launceston

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A key to the city is an honour not bestowed on many - but Launceston born Ariarne Titmus is in great company.

At a ceremony at Civic Square on Friday afternoon, surrounded by family, friends and the public, she received a key to the city - becoming the sixth person to receive one, as well as being both the youngest recipient and the first female.

Aged just 20 at the time, Ariarne returned from the Tokyo Olympic Games with four medals around her neck.

"I feel really honoured, I've only gone to one Olympics but I hope I have more in me and I feel really proud that I've achieved this - hopefully at the beginning of my professional career," she said.

"I hope that I have more in me and I can keep doing Tassie proud. It's really special to achieve this."

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Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said Ariarne resembled the perfect recipient of a key to the city.

"Ariarne has been a leading competitor on the world stage for many many years," he said.

"This key is a symbol of recognition of the enormity of her achievements.

"Thank you for showing true courage... and for coming home to this beautiful city of Launceston."

Images: Ariarne Titmus receiving a key to Launceston from Albert van Zetten, Ariarne Titmus with family at the ceremony.

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