A PAIR of Leeds Olympic heroes have capped off a career-defining year with an MBE a piece.
Gold medal-winning triathlon star Alistair Brownlee and the first female to win an Olympic boxing title Nicola Adams are two of the stand-out names in the 2013 New Year Honours list released today. (Dec 29)
Alistair’s Olympic bronze-winning brother Jonathan Brownlee was not included in the New Year list despite claiming the world triathlon championship crown after the London Games.
Both Alistair and Nicola have joined an elite group of honoured men and women, including Tour de France and Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Bradley Wiggins who has been knighted, and Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis, who has been awarded a CBE.
The Leeds contingent of honoured athletes will join some of the country’s most deserving volunteers, teachers, healthcare professionals and law enforcers in being presented with their awards next year.
Among them will be Joyce Fieldhouse, from Whitkirk, one of the founding members of what is now Leeds Mencap, who was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to people with learning disabilities and their families.
A total of 1,223 people were recommended to the Queen for an award.