Paralympic rowers named MBE in honor of New Year


THREE Paralympic rowers from Henley have been named MBE in the New Year’s Honors list.

Ellen Buttrick, Giedre Rakauskaite and Erin Kennedy, all of whom won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as part of the coxed-coxed mixed PR3 with James Fox and Oliver Stanhope, received the award for their service to the rowing.

In the final, they beat the United States by 11 seconds, but their hopes of breaking a world record were dashed by the windy conditions.

Buttrick, from Albert Road, started rowing at the age of 17 with the Leeds Rowing Club and has since won two gold medals at the World Championships and a gold medal at the European Championships in the same Mixed PR3 with four-man coxswain.

The 26-year-old, from Leeds, said she hopes to get an MBE after the crew’s success in Japan.

She said: “I was waiting and hoping and I was so excited when the letter arrived. I’m so happy and think it’s great. I was watching people getting MBEs and can’t believe I got one so young so hopefully that just means we’re taken more seriously.

Rakauskaite, from Highlands Park near Grays Road, started rowing at the age of 14 but immediately had to take a break due to a leg injury from a car accident.

After the incident, she rowed for the University of Worcester and won a silver medal at the British Indoor Rowing Championships in 2015.

Rakauskaite, from Kaunas in Lithuania, said she was shocked at the award but felt “incredibly honored”.

She said, “I opened the letter thinking, ‘Oh my God, what is she going to say?’ and I couldn’t believe it. I was mostly shocked but now I really feel honored it is such a privilege and I am also very excited for the ceremony and to meet the royalty.

Kennedy, of Station Road, was a coxswain for around 11 years after starting at Pembroke College, University of Oxford where she studied history and English.

The 29-year-old from Wantage joined the Leander Club after winning the Women’s Boat Race between Oxford University and Cambridge University in 2014 by four lengths.

She said: “Rowing is something that I feel very lucky to be able to do as my job because it is my hobby and something that I love. Doing it like my job is already a privilege so it’s really the icing on the cake.

“I think an MBE is something that is recognized everywhere and outside of the rowing world. The rowing world is a small community and they know how to celebrate each other well, but it’s something that goes beyond what is really exciting and weird.

Stanhope, 23, from Hampton, also received an MBE and Fox, of Hart Street, was named MBE in 2017 for his service to the sport.

Michael Sharrock, Managing Director of the British Paralympic Association, also received an award for his service to athletes with disabilities.

Mr Sharrock, from Checkendon, has been CEO since January 2019 and received an OBE. Previously, he worked for BP, a British oil and gas company, for around 30 years and led the company’s partnership with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Meanwhile, the last business manager of NHS England and NHS Improvement received a DBE.

Emily Lawson, a molecular geneticist from Henley, received the award for her service to the NHS, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. She led the first phase of the vaccination program before being seconded to Downing Street as head of the Prime Minister’s delivery unit.

She said, “I am honored and delighted to be recognized on behalf of the army of dedicated and hardworking staff and volunteers who have implemented the largest and most successful immunization program in service history. health.

“It has been the greatest privilege to see firsthand the incredible work being done at the vaccination sites and to speak to so many staff and volunteers. I am very grateful to everyone who supported the program.

Henley director Paul Greengrass, who directed three episodes of the Jason Bourne series, received a CBE for his services to the arts.

The 66-year-old also directed BAFTA-nominated United 93, a dramatization of the events aboard that flight during the 9/11 hijackings, and Bloody Sunday, which re-enacted the infamous shooting in Northern Ireland in 1972.

An OBE has been issued to the Managing Director of The Orders of St John Care Trust, which owns the Chilterns Court nursing home in York Road.

Dan Hayes, who joined the trust 19 years ago as a human resources manager before becoming managing director in 2015, received the award for his service to the welfare sector.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this recognition, but it is also clear that the award would not have been awarded if I had not had the chance to spend my career in social services at OSJCT. It is my great chance to literally represent thousands of OSJCT colleagues who deserve similar recognition for what they continue to do and who have brought me honor.

“In the truest sense of the word, this OBE is for them and it is in recognition of the lives they improve every day with their love and professionalism.”

The editor of the Henley Standard received a BEM for his service to the community of Henley during the coronavirus pandemic.

Simon Bradshaw, 62, of Kidmore Road in Caversham, became editor in the summer of 2008 and continued to work on the newspaper throughout last year’s lockdown.

He said: “Editor Gets Award Shock could have been my title when I heard the news. It was completely unexpected but a real boost for everyone here in the editorial department who work so hard to bring you your local newspaper every week no matter what.

“Even a global pandemic couldn’t stop us. And I like to think that we have done our part – along with all the countless others – to show our confined readers that they weren’t alone and that there was still a lot of good things in the world.

“I especially want to thank the readers who have stayed with us when everything we rely on to complete our paper has simply stopped. Some of you even helped by contributing your own stories and photos. Thanks everyone. “

For the full story, see next week’s Henley Standard.


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