Honour for Olympic cyclist

Olympic cycling champion Joanna Rowsell, from Sutton, has collected her MBE from Buckingham Palace today.

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Sutton cycling champ receives MBE

Joanna Rowsell has been awarded an MBE for services to cycling, after becoming an Olympic champion last year.

Joanna receives her MBE from the Queen. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Joanna has spoken of her feelings of honour and excitement at being awarded an MBE. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Joanna (right) won gold in the team pursuit with Dani King and Laura Trott at the London Olympics. Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Olympic champ tweets of MBE excitement

Cyclist Joanna Rowsell tweeted a picture of her hat box, as she prepared for today's outing to Buckingham Palace.

The Olympic champion from Sutton said she was "so excited" about the occasion.

MBE to add to gold medal

Olympic cyclist Joanna Rowsell will be made an MBE at Buckingham Palace later for services to cycling. Joanna, who is from Sutton, won gold in the Womens Team Pursuit in the 2012 Olympics.

Joanna, who has alopecia, is currently the National, European and World champion in her event and also the World Record Holder. The condition means she lost all her hair when she was 10 years old.

On her website, Joanna said she had recently been doing work with Alopecia UK, meeting people in the same situation, who had never met anyone else with the condition. She said since the Olympics, she had felt much more able to talk about it.