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Stef Reid recognised in New Year HonoursDecember 29, 2017
The world champion and Paralympic medallist is made an MBE, while Scottish Athletics president Leslie Roy and London coach Alf Vickers also receive recognition
Stef Reid has been made an MBE for services to Paralympic sport in the New Year Honours list.
The 33-year-old has won multiple Paralympic and world medals but gained her first global gold at the World Para Athletics Championships in London in July. Leaping 5.40m, the single-leg amputee athlete claimed the T44 long jump title in front of a home crowd to add to her world bronze medals in the long jump and 200m from 2011.
Reid, who was also an organising committee board member for the championships, has worked as a broadcaster and her achievements away from athletics include an honours degree in biochemistry, while she also works as a professional speaker, actor and model.
“It had already been a great year, and this news left me completely stunned!” she told British Athletics. “I didn’t even believe it. My husband opened the letter and told me the news – I told him ‘don’t be silly, that’s ridiculous’.
“I am so thankful and honoured to be awarded an MBE. Sport has opened so many doors in my life and introduced me to some incredible people who have encouraged and challenged me. I am especially proud to represent a country that values para sport.”
On her aims for 2018, the two-time Paralympic long jump silver medallist told AW: “I try and do something new and challenging every year.
“On the track, we are going to explore racing over 200m alongside the long jump.
“Off the track, I am not sure yet. Last year I made my acting debut in the short film “The Energy Within”. That will be hard to top! But opportunities always open up. In the meantime, I will let Star Wars know I am available for their next film!”
Also receiving recognition in the New Year Honours list is Scottish Athletics president Leslie Roy, pictured below on duty as an official, who receives an MBE for services to athletics in Scotland.
Paralympic athlete Craig Carscadden, who represented GB at the Atlanta Games and is a technical classifier with both UK Athletics and World Para Athletics, is also made an MBE for services to athletes with disabilities and to the Paralympics. Having volunteered in Paralympic sport, Carscadden’s devotion has helped hundreds of young people realise their own sporting ambitions.
London coach Alf Vickers has been awarded a British Empire Medal for voluntary service to sport in Tower Hamlets, while Norman Mawhinney also receives recognition for services to running and the community in Comber, County Down.