Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS -

JEN­NIFER Ann Gray has been made an MBE for her in­volve­ment in syn­chro­nised swim­ming in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties – a swim­mer, a coach – for over 50 years.

She is the first per­son in her sport to re­ceive any sort of hon­our, which she de­scribed as amaz­ing.

“It’s an hon­our for the sport,” she said. “To be honoured in this way per­son­ally and for the sport is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. I’m thrilled to bits about it.”

66-year-old Mrs Gray, who lives in New Road, Mar­low Bot­tom, said she has known about the award for about six weeks and that it has been a strug­gle to keep it quiet, which she said has been the hard­est thing.

She said: “I was shocked when it came through and I’m just very ex­cited about it be­cause it’s the 90th birthday hon­ours, which is spe­cial.”

She has also been a judge for the sport, judg­ing com­pe­ti­tions all over the world, and said she has been ‘do­ing an aw­ful lot of work for them’.

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