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By Nigel Slater Thursday 03 January 2013 Updated: 04/01 10:11
OLYMPIC gold medallist Alex Gregory has capped off a life-changing year after being awarded an MBE in The Queen's New Year Honours List.
The honour topped a wonderful 2012 for the former Evesham Rowing Club trainee after he won gold in the Coxless Four rowing final along with Pete Reed, Andy Triggs Hodge and Tom James at Eton Dorney during the London Games.
Mr Gregory, who used to live in Wormington near Broadway, joined his team mates who were handed MBEs after winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The former Prince Henry's High School student said receiving the honour was down to the hard work and dedication of Team GB and the support of his family.
“It is a fantastic honour to be awarded an MBE and is a credit to the team that supported me and my crew in the run up to the Olympics," he said.
"I am proud to accept it on behalf of my support team and particularly my family who have supported me through all the highs and lows over many years. 2012 will be a year we will never forget."
Mr Gregory is currently back rowing as he begins his preparations for the next Olympic Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.
Broadway based businessman Denys Shortt was also recognised in the New year Honours List after he was awarded an OBE for his services to the economy.
The entrepreneur, who founded Statford-upon-Avon business DCS Europe plc, has seen his company become the UK's leading distributor of health and beauty and household brands with sales of £150 million pounds.
Mr Shortt said: "I am absolutely delighted and proud to receive this honour. Britain is a great place to build a business and I am delighted that entrepreneurship is recognised within the Queen's New Year's Honours list."
West Mercia police inspector Phil Shakesheff was also honoured for his work in safeguarding children.
Insp Shakesheff, who joined the force in 1980 aged 18 and is set to retire later this year, said he was delighted to receive the Queen's Police Medal.
"The issue of missing people and in particular missing children has never been more in the public eye than it is now," he said.
"I have very much enjoyed working in this critical area of business and am pleased that I have been able to make a difference in keeping vulnerable missing people safe."
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