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Honours for Team GB and COVID-19 heroes

Dean, Chippingto­n and community volunteers recognised in New Year’s list

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Two of Maidenhead’s Team GB heroes have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list, which celebrates the achievemen­ts and service of ‘extraordin­ary people’ across the UK.

Released on Friday, the annual list saw Olympic double gold medal-winning swimmer Tom Dean awarded an MBE for services to swimming.

Fellow athlete Jeanette Chippingto­n, who has represente­d Great Britain at seven Paralympic­s as both a swimmer and paracanoei­st, was given an OBE for services to canoeing after claiming bronze in Tokyo last year.

Elsewhere, Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club’s Lisa Hunter has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in the town during COVID-19.

In South Bucks, Marlow’s Hamaad Karim – a student mentor – was given the same accolade for voluntary services to students and the wider community in the pandemic.

Adam Prince, formerly of Burnham but now living in Staffordsh­ire, features on the list of new BEM recipients for his services to the community in the village.

Rosemary O’Hagan also received a BEM for services to the community in Bourne End and Wooburn during coronaviru­s.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “These recipients have inspired and entertaine­d us and given so much to their communitie­s in the UK or in many cases around the world. “The honours are an opportunit­y for us to thank them, as a country, for their dedication and outstandin­g contributi­on.”

Sir Hugh Robertson, chairman of the British Olympic Associatio­n, also paid tribute to the athletes on the list following a successful Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were the most testing ever for everyone involved but most particular­ly the athletes,” he said. “They lit up the British summer with a series of outstandin­g performanc­es and fully deserve the recognitio­n that they have received in this year’s list. They, genuinely, did the country proud.”

COVID-19 community volunteers and Maidenhead’s Team GB heroes have been recognised in the New Year's Honours, announced at the end of December. We‘ve taken a closer look at some of the recipients from our area and spoke to some of them about the work that they do and what it means to be recognised.

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Olympian Tom Dean and Paralympia­n Jeanette Chippingto­n have both been recognised in the New Year’s Honours.

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