Eton Dorney Rowers: New Year's Honours

After the success of Team GB and Paralympics GB at Eton Dorney during London 2012 - some of the stars of the games have been recognised in the New Year Honours List.

Katherine Grainger, who lives in Maidenhead, has been made a CBE. All of rowings other London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists have received MBEs unless they received them after Beijing.

The GB Rowing Team Performance Director David Tanner has received a knighthood, recognition of the sport's achievement of being top nation at both Beijing and London.

Grainger, also previously a three-times silver medal winner since 2000, said of her CBE:

"This wonderful honour is a fantastic conclusion to the most incredible year for me.  We have all seen the positive influence that sport, volunteering and public support made this summer and I hope that influence will continue for a very long time to come. 

"For me personally it was a year that far exceeded all of my hopes and dreams and to be recognised in this way has made the year even more special, something I didn't think possible".

Berkshire's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won gold in London in the women's pair. This was Team GB's first gold of the Games.
Glover said:  "I feel very honoured to receive this as it is the perfect end to an amazing year.  To have people think that my achievement is worthy of this, is incredible".

Stanning added:  "I am extremely proud and honoured to be awarded an MBE. After an amazing year this really is the perfect end.  I can't thank the public, the Army, my family and of course all the team at GB Rowing, enough for all the support they have given to me in 2012.

"Now I am looking forward to 2013 and my planned deployment to Afghanistan, which I know will be as challenging and rewarding as everything I achieved in 2012".

Britain's other Olympic female gold medallists were Berkshire's Anna Watkins winner of double scull gold with Grainger, Sophie Hosking and Kat Copeland, winners in the lightweight women's double scull.

Oxford's Alex Gregory, winner of the gold in the men's four with Oxford's Andrew Triggs Hodge, Peter Reed and Oxford's Tom James, has also been given an MBE, joining his three crew-mates who were awarded the equivalent honour after taking gold in the same event four years ago.

Gregory said:  "It is a fantastic honour to be awarded an MBE and is a credit to the team that supported me and my crew in the run up to the Olympics. I am proud to accept it on behalf of my support team and particularly my family who have supported me through all the highs and lows over many years. 2012 will be a year we will never forget".

Britain's Paralympic gold medal rowers have also been honoured with MBEs.  Lily van den Broecke from Oxford won the mixed coxed four in London, along with Aylesbury's Pam Relph, Buckinghamshire's Naomi Riches, Berkshire's James Roe and Berkshire's Dave Smith.


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