Damehood honour for Disley paralympian

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ELEVEN-TIME Paralympic champion Sarah Storey has been made a Dame in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

The 35-year-old swimmer-turned-cyclist, from Disley, claimed four cycling titles at this summer’s London 2012 Paralympics to become Britain’s greatest Paralympian of the modern era, with a career haul of 11 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals.

Storey said she was “incredibly honoured and extremely proud” to accept the damehood.

“I love competing for my country and that is a huge honour in itself,” she said. “Now to be a Dame is beyond anything I could have ever imagined.”

Other recipients of New Year honours include Wendy Watson, of Over Haddon, near Bakewell, who has fought to raise awareness of hereditary breast cancer. She is made an MBE.

There are also MBEs for High Peak borough councillor and Peak District National Park Authority chairman Tony Favell in recognition of his political and public service; Buxton resident Jean Pendlebury for her community work; and Mary Gerrard, caretaker and governor at Hollinsclough Primary School, for services to education.

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