OLYMPIC CHAMPION RECEIVES MBE
UTTOXETER golden boy Adam Peaty is due at Buckingham Palace today (Wednesday 11th October) to collect his MBE.
The 23-year-old world record holder and Olympic champion will receive the honour from a member of the Royal family.
News that Peaty, who lives in Birds Lane, had been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List was first announced in December last year.
It followed the swimming star’s stellar success at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he crushed his own world record en route to gold in the 100m breaststroke.
He has since enjoyed another hugely successful year with two golds at the World Championships – breaking the 26-second milestone for the 50m breaststroke.
Peaty said on Twitter he was ‘extremely proud and honoured’ to be receiving the MBE – the award given by Her Majesty for remarkable service to the community.
Proud mum Caroline said: “We couldn’t quite believe it when we found out about the award – I am just so, so proud.
“Adam is so patriotic, so it really means the world to him. He will be incredibly honoured to receive an honour bestowed by Her Majesty The Queen.
“I think it shows what an ambassador he is for the sport and what a strong role model he is for young people. In every interview he does, he is encouraging youngsters to get involved in swimming.”
Peaty, a former member of Dove Valley Swimming Club who attended Painsley High School in Cheadle before finding fame on the international stage, has so far won two Olympic medals, nine World Championships and three Commonwealth Games golds.
He’s the most successful British swimmer in a single World Championships, is one of only three Brits to have won gold at all four major international events (Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games) and the only swimmer to win all four major gold medals in the same single event at the same time – a feat he completed in winning the 100m breaststroke at the Rio Olympics.
Peaty does a significant amount of charity work and, in February this year, became an ambassador for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice in Staffordshire.
And he also teamed up with his long-time coach Mel Marshall to raise money for underprivileged children in Africa. The pair, with a team of leaders, travelled to Zambia to perform 50 hours of sport over a five-day span.
Peaty will be joined at Buckingham Palace by fellow sports stars Mo Farah, Andy Murray and Jessica Ennis-Hill.
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