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Athletes from the Midlands to pick up honours

Anna Watkins Credit: PA

Olympic rower Anna Watkins, from Leek in Staffordshire, will receive an MBE for services to rowing after she won the gold medal in the double sculls.

The 30-year-old Cambridge graduate is currently expecting her first child while studying for a PhD in mathematics at the University of Reading.

Danielle Brown Credit: PA

Paralympic archer Danielle Brown, 25, from Telford in Shropshire, who won gold in the 2012 games, will also receive an MBE for services to sport.

London 2012 Paralympic gold medalist gives Midlands youngsters a swimming lesson

London 2012 Paralympic gold medalist, Josef Craig, has been swimming with children in Walsall to celebrate the efforts of youngsters who are learning the sport.

Last month, a survery by the Amateur Swimming Association revealed that almost fifty per cent of children ageed seven to eleven in the West Midlands cannot swim twenty five metres on their own.

He told ITV News Central that anyone can get involved in swimming.


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Richard Whitehead honoured for services to athletics

Marathon runner turned sprinter Richard Whitehead will receive honours from at Buckingham Palace today for his services to athletics.

Gold medal winner Richard Whitehead Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Unable to compete in the London 2012 Olympics as there was no category for leg amputees, Whitehead turned to sprinting to compete in the Paralympics.

The athlete won a gold medal in the 200m with a world record time of 24.38 seconds.

Swimmer Ollie Hynd to collect his MBE

Swimming gold medalist Ollie Hynd as he takes part in the London 2012 Victory Parade Credit: Paul Gilham/PA Wire

Paralympic gold medalist, Ollie Hynd, will collect his MBE today.

He made the New Year's Honours List after his performance at London 2012.

Like his brother Sam, Ollie has muscular dystrophy. Ollie lives in Kirkby-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.


Jessica Ennis' javelin goes on sale

A pink javelin signed by Jessica Ennis, a large London2012 Royal Mail stamp autographed by Mo Farah and a Mary Poppins costume from the Olympic opening ceremony are going under the hammer today at an auction in Coventry.

Some more unusual items are also being sold Credit: ITV News Central

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe described it as a chance for people "to own a unique piece of the Games".

Louis Smith taking time to return to gymnastics

Louis Smith hinted it could be some time before he returns to competitive gymnastics after receiving his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace today.

The 23-year-old won team bronze and pommel horse silver at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Showing off his Olympic 2012 silver medal Credit: PA

However, Smith does not appear to be in any rush to return to the gym full-time and win more accolades.

He wants to concentrate on visiting schools to encourage children to get involved in the sport.

He said: "As athletes, we have a big responsibility to keep the legacy (of the London Olympics) going. I'm starting to take a step back from the entertainment side and move into charity and school work."

He revealed the Queen said: "Here's another one to add to your collection," when presenting him with his honours award.

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