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PARALYMPIC MEDALSIST HUMBLED BY MBE

Saturday March 16th, 2013
PARALYMPIC MEDALSIST HUMBLED BY MBE

Sailing gold medallist Helena Lucas said she was ‘humbled and honoured’ to receive her MBE at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday (12 March).

The Redhill-born sailor was hailed London Paralympic Champion 2012 in the 2.4mR class at Weymouth and Portland last September, and becoming Britain’s first medallist since sailing joined the full Paralympic Games programme in 2000.

The 37 year-old told the press, “It really was the icing on the cake after such an amazing year... I’m so honoured to have received this award for doing the sport that I love. There were so many other amazing people in the room with me from all walks of life, who were so driven, have made great sacrifices and have worked so hard for their country. It was really quite humbling... It was so nice to have been able to share the day with them, as they’ve all been so brilliant and supportive throughout my career. All the tradition and ceremony around the day made it really special for all of us...
There’s still so much excitement around London 2012. People are still so excited about wanting to see my gold medal... The Games were six months ago now, which seems like ages ago to me, but people still remember it as a really big thing and just goes to show the effect it had and that the legacy is working.”
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