Jenny Gray awarded MBE in Birthday Honours 2016
Jenny Gray MBE“When I found out I had received an MBE I was shocked, totally thrilled and absolutely honoured”
Synchronised Swimming’s Jenny Gray has been recognised for her services to the sport with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016.
The world-renowned synchro expert is one of four members of the swimming community to be included in the list, which was announced as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
“I was shocked, totally thrilled and absolutely honoured” – said Jenny.
“This is the 52nd year I have been involved in synchronised swimming. It has taken me all around the world, first as a competitor, then as a coach, and more recently as a judge. I would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported me to be a part of this great sport.”
After competing in the inaugural FINA World Championships in Belgrade in 1973 as part of the earliest Great Britain Synchronised Swimming team, Jenny has devoted her life to teaching, coaching and developing synchronised swimming on an international scale.
As well as officiating at events and consulting on all areas of the sport, Jenny still coaches and runs holidays schools for 1,000 of swimmers. Olivia Federici and Katie Clark, who have been selected to represent Team GB at this summer’s Olympic Games, were both coached by Jenny.
“It’s lovely to see Olivia and Katie selected to go to Rio. I coached both of them for many years and they are both extremely talented. I wish them both the best of luck for the Games.”
“Congratulations to all those recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours” – Adam PakerAdam Paker, CEO of the ASA, said: “Jenny is highly respected by coaches, swimmers and officials across the world. Without her input and support over the years, the quality of synchronised swimming simply would not be at the level it is today.”
Also recognised for their services to swimming is Janet Jones from Halliwick Penguins Swimming Club, Hilda Lyons from Redbridge Dippers Swimming Club and Hazel Davies from Emlyn Flyers Swimming Club in Newcastle Emlyn, Ceredigion, all of whom receive BEM’s.
Paker added: “On behalf of everyone at the ASA and the wider swimming community, I would like to congratulate all those who have been recognised in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours and thank them for their ongoing commitment to our sport.”
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