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Forest of Dean icons honoured in Queen’s New Year’s Honours list

Posted on 09th January 2017

The New Year has brought exciting recognition for the Forest of Dean community, specifically within the sporting field as two local sports heroes have been named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Andy Lewis and Charlotte Dujardin have both been recognised for their achievements, creating a real boost in the reputation of the area.

Andy Lewis

Image Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Visualhunt)

As The Forester reports, para-triathlete Andy Lewis, who originates from Lydney, was delighted to receive an MBE for services to the triathlon sport. He said:

“I’m really happy to have helped put Lydney on the map. I had to keep correcting people who thought I was from Gloucester but the message that I’m from Lydney finally got through.”

Lewis lost the lower part of his right leg at the age of 22 following a motorcycle accident when he was 16, but refused to be held back, competing in cross-country running before becoming a triathlete. He won a gold medal in the men’s PT2 paratriathlon in the Rio 2016 Paralympics, along with gold in the 2016 World Championships and European Championships.

Charlotte Dujardin

Image Credit: Equestrian (Wikimedia Commons)

Meanwhile, Newent resident and sporting hero Charlotte Dujardin was awarded a CBE for services to equestrianism after having won two gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics and a gold medal in the individual dressage in Rio last year. Dujardin has previously been appointed an OBE in 2013 for the same accolade, as well as being the first dressage rider to be voted Sportswoman of the Year after winning the FEO championship. Dujardin has also been recognised in her birth town, Enfield, which erected a golden post-box for her after her Olympic triumphs.

Both Andy and Charlotte have become recognisable names in the Forest of Dean area over the years, both for their achievements and for their engagement with the local community.

So, next time you embark on a cottage holiday in the Forest of Dean, look out not only for beautiful landscapes and rare animal species in the woodlands, but also for famous faces on the streets!