Olympic hero Skelton proud to receive CBE at Buckingham Palace

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Nick Skelton received the honour on Tuesday at Buckingham Palace from the Princess Royal.

SHOWJUMPING legend Nick Skelton was among a host of Olympians honoured at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

The 59-year-old, who lives near Alcester, was awarded a CBE by fellow horse rider the Princess Royal.

Skelton became the oldest British Olympic champion in more than a century when he rode Big Star to a dramatic victory in the individual showjumping competition in Rio last summer.

“I feel extremely honoured to receive my CBE today,” said Skelton, who announced his retirement earlier this month.

“I’m very proud of what I’ve done for the sport and for the country.”

Matt Gotrel after he was awarded an MBE for services to rowing.

Chipping Campden rower Matt Gotrel, who won gold with the men’s eight at Rio, was also honoured at the ceremony.

Gotrel, Paul Bennett, Scott Durant, cox Phelan Hill were made MBEs, while crew-mate Lieutenant Pete Reed received an OBE.

A delighted Gotrel said: “It was a bit of a shock to us, especially when we’re used to the environment of being in lycra everyday — but it’s really nice and it’s a privilege to be here.”

Golden couple Laura and Jason Kenny were among other athletes recognised. The duo were handed CBEs for their services to cycling.

More in this week’s Stratford Herald.