Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cycling star Stone collects MBE

Double Paralympic cycling champion David Stone has received his MBE in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The Leeds rider, 28, who suffers from cerebral palsy, won the time trial CP1/CP2 and mixed individual road race CP1/CP2 at last year's Beijing Games.

Stone said: "I was quite surprised by how emotional it got. I was suddenly nervous and a bit overwhelmed."

Nottingham's Tim Reddish, who led GB's Paralympic swimming team to a 41-medal haul, collected his OBE.

Reddish, the national performance director for British Disability Swimming, said: "This is an honour which has my name on it but it is really something for the team.

"We are a strong programme, a very strong programme, and it has been for over 10 years.

"Our philosophy as a programme is to look at this year, build from Beijing and develop the younger swimmers coming through. We have a young squad."

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