Two Loughborough College Paralympic stars, past and present, have become MBEs in the New Year’s Honour List.
Paralympic champions Tom Young and Jonathan Broom-Edwards both became Members of the Order of the British Empire for services to sport in the Queen's New Year Honours list for 2022.
Tom, who is currently studying a BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching degree at the College, won a gold medal in the T38 100m event at the Tokyo Paralympics, adding to his European title. He was also crowned the British Male Para Athlete of the Year by Athletics Weekly.
On his Twitter account, Tom said: “I’m honoured to receive an MBE in the New Years Honours List. Thank you to everyone for supporting me on my journey. I cannot wait to continue contributing to para sport & athletics in 2022.”
Jonathan is a former learner on our Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy course. He became the Olympic high jump champion in Tokyo, adding to his world title, and the silver medal he won in Rio 2016.
Responding to his latest accolade on Twitter, Jonathan said: “Happy to announce being awarded an MBE in this year's #newyearshonours list. I aim to give back to the sport as much as it has given me in my life. Thank you all for your support!”
Jo Maher, Principal & CEO at Loughborough College, said: “Everyone at Loughborough College is extremely proud of and delighted for Tom and Jonathan for their latest accolades.
“Elite sport is as much about sacrifice as it is about talent and the voracious determination to succeed. Both Tom and Jonathan have given so much of themselves to their sport over the years so this level of recognition from the Queen is thoroughly deserved.
“I cannot wait to see what they, and all of our elite sportspeople, can achieve in 2022.”
Photograph by Laura Hillyard on Twitter - @LauraHillyard1