HON­OURS: We meet those who made it to the birth­day list

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A PAR­A­LYMPIC ten­nis player from Ick­en­ham has been made an MBE by HM The Queen.

Jor­danne Whi­ley, who be­came the first Bri­tish woman to win a Grand Slam tour­na­ment last year, is de­lighted with the hon­our.

She told the Gazette: “I was a bit speech­less when I found out. I never ever thought that I would get an MBE, so I was quite hum­bled by it re­ally.”

The 22-year-old, who is cur­rently ranked Great Bri­tish num­ber one and world num­ber five, has a lot go­ing for her in the fu­ture.

She said: “I’ve got a few tour­na­ments lined up, and then Wim­ble­don will be the main fo­cus and then go­ing on to the US open at the end of the year.

“Ev­ery­thing I do now is for Rio, so it’s quite a big year.”

Birm­ing­ham-born Jor­danne, who moved to Ick­en­ham in 2012, wants to re­tain the ti­tles with a win at the Aus­tralian Open 2015.

She added: “The big­gest high­light of my ca­reer so far was win­ning the Grand Slam, and now this.”

Photo by James Jor­dan

n HUM­BLED: Ick­en­ham’s Jor­danne Whi­ley in ac­tion at the NEC Wheel­chair Ten­nis Mas­ters

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