Quek next to re­ceive top hon­our

The Hockey Paper - - FEATURE / OPINION -

AN­OTHER day, an­other out­fit for hockey gold medal­list-turned­me­dia dar­ling Sam Quek as she picked up her MBE from the Prince of Wales last week.

She was at Buckingham Palace in the com­pany of ath­letes in­clud­ing cy­clist Ed Clancy, who re­ceived an OBE, and two Par­a­lympians, ca­noeist Emma Wiggs and cy­clist Jon-Al­lan But­ter­worth.

Her fam­ily were there, too, to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion, with Quek’s Twit­ter feed sug­gest­ing they headed from the Palace to Jermyn Street in Lon­don for a slap-up meal.

Her busy post-Olympic life has been well doc­u­mented, espe­cially her fourth-place fin­ish in the ITV show I’m a Celebrity, while she is also work­ing for LFCTV, the tele­vi­sion chan­nel of her beloved Liver­pool Foot­ball Club.

Her lat­est role is as Ladies’ Day am­bas­sador for the Grand Na­tional Festival at Ain­tree on April 7 and she told Hel­lomagazine: “My fam­ily are into horse rac­ing and we have some horses of our own, but I’ve never been to a Grand Na­tional as I’ve al­ways been play­ing hockey or been away with the team.

“Even be­fore I was asked, I’d been think­ing, ‘I have got to go to Ain­tree one year’. Then I got this op­por­tu­nity, which is amaz­ing.”

She de­scribed her MBE, mean­while, as “an in­cred­i­ble morn­ing sur­rounded by so many in­cred­i­ble peo­ple.”

Duty calls: Prince Charles hon­ours Sam Quek PIC­TURE: PA Images

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