Alison Sheppard, holder of the British and Commonwealth record in the 50m freestyle has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
“I’m very excited about receiving an MBE. There haven’t been many swimmers to be awarded an honour of this kind so to me it’s extremely special,” she said. “It’s a great privilege to be thought of in this way. I have been swimming internationally now for 15 years and I think that this award comes as a mark of the dedication I have shown to the sport over that time.”