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Paralympians recognised in New Year’s Honours

29th December 2012

Double Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds has been awarded an OBE alongside Jessica-Jane Applegate, Josef Craig, Jonathan Fox, Heather Frederiksen and Ollie Hynd who receive MBEs.

Simmonds became the youngest ever recipient of an Honour in 2008 when she was awarded an MBE for her Services to Swimming during the Beijing Games. And today it was announced she had received her second Honour, an OBE, for her impressive medal haul during the London Paralympics.

Craig, who recently won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award, receives his MBE for winning gold and setting two world records in the London Aquatics Centre during this Summer's Games.

Applegate became the first S14 gold medallist for GB since 2000 after storming to victory in the 200m Freestyle in front of the home crowd. Fox took GB's first gold medal in the pool during the Games with a dominating performance in the 100m Backstroke.

Frederiksen won four medals in London, including gold in the 100m Backstroke, having recovered from illness and injury that blighted her build up. Hynd took on his brother at the Games and came away with three medals including gold in the 200m IM which he took in impressive style.

Applegate, Craig, Fox, Frederiksen and Hynd are all recognised for Services to Swimming during the Games and will each receive an MBE.

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