Kirkby’s Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Ollie Hynd is preparing to attend Buckingham Palace on Friday to receive his MBE.
The 18-year-old is receiving the prestigious award in recognition of his services to swimming after winning gold, silver and bronze medals at the London Paralympic Games in 2012.
This made him the most successful British male swimmer at the Games.
Ollie will be joined at the Palace by his family and coach at Mansfield Nova swimming squad, Glenn Smith, and will be presented with his MBE by a member of the Royal Family.
He plans to receive it while wearing a pair of gold shoes designed by shoemaker Peter Bullock, who awarded Ollie with the special footwear after the Paralympics.
Ollie said: “The past year has been unforgettable and I have memories I will treasure for a lifetime.
“This award tops off everything I have already achieved and I look forward to what my future career brings within the sport of swimming.”
Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton said: “Ollie’s achievements at the Paralympic Games were outstanding and he truly deserves the MBE award. I had the joy of witnessing Ollie winning his gold medal and it was a truly special occasion to be part of.”
Following the ceremony on Friday, Ollie will fly out to Majorca for an intensive training camp with the Great Britain Disability Swimming Team in preparation for the IPC World Championships, which take place in August in Montreal, Canada. Ollie will again be competing in the three events he won medals at in London and after a string of fine performances at the recent British Disability Long Course Championships and trials in April, hopes are high of another medal rush.
The Mansfield Nova Squad is supported by Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council. Ollie is a recipient of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Shining Stars Fund for the current year.