MBE for Ollie Hynd Rounds Off a Year to Remember

January 2, 2013 11:16 am

MBE for Ollie Hynd Rounds Off a Year to Remember

Ollie MBE

An important Accolade for Ashfield & Mansfield – Ollie Hynd has been awarded an MBE for his services to swimming in the New Year’s Honours List.

Mansfield Nova Paralympic Gold Medallist Ollie Hynd won a gold, silver and bronze medal in last summer’s Paralympic Games in London, making Ollie the most successful male swimmer on the Paralympics GB team at London 2012.  The 400m freestyle race, in which he won the silver, even became a family affair with his brother Sam picking up the bronze.

Ollie was quick to pay tribute to those who had helped him achieve his success, including his coaches, family and friends:

“It is such an honour to be awarded an MBE, especially as such a young person, and I am very humbled. I want to say a big thank you to those who have worked and supported me to achieve success in the water, in particular my family and coaches Glenn, Jill and Tim.”

Success in London was even more dramatic after breaking his wrist during the first Paralympic swimming trials in London. At one stage even attending the games was in doubt but, with the aid of support from medical and coaching staff, Ollie was able to work his way back to peak fitness in time for the games. A major inspiration for him during that difficult time was his idol, Michael Phelps, who sustained a similar injury before going on to competitive success. Ollie said:

“I was devastated after I had my injury, but knew that Phelps had a similar thing happen to him and went on to great things. Very quickly, I set my goal on going from being in my cast to becoming Paralympic Champion, and never looked back.”

The hard work has already started again for Ollie ahead of the World swimming championships in Canada this year. He has recently returned from a training camp in Dubai, and has already been back in competition.

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