Queen's Birthday Honours for three of our athletics family
An athletics club volunteer, a seated thrower, and a coach have all been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours. The BEM (British Empire Medal) was awarded to Ros Cramp for services to Disability Sport and to Ron Allison for services to Athletics. Paralympian Claire Harvey receives an MBE for services to Diversity, Inclusion and Sport. In addition, Sport England's CEO Jennie Price was recognised for her work.
Now a septuagenarian, Ron Allison still helps to coach at Cambridge Harriers who are based in south east London.
Ron has been a pivotal coaching figure at Cambridge Harriers for over 40 years and he has coached countless athletes; Ron still coaches many athletes on a regular basis, from sprints groups right up to those preparing for a Half Marathon. In the past he has had athletes who have gained international vests in the middle distance events. He also helps with officiating from time to time.
He told us at England Athletics, "My reaction on receiving the BEM was one of shock and surprise. I didn't get into coaching for any rewards but it is nice to be recognised for something you enjoy doing! The best thing about athletics is helping athletes whatever age or ability to achieve their potential. Also to see the younger athletes who are lacking in confidence to grow and become well rounded people, especially in the wider community. "
Ros Cramp's day job is the Herts Disability Sports Foundation coordinator, but Ros is able to use her skills, knowledge and contacts to share in a number of voluntary roles in different sports, and is founder and chair of N-able Herts Disability Sports Association which helps local disabled children get into sport.
Athletics specific roles include being the Stevenage and North Herts AC disability coordinator, the Herts Athletics Network disability rep and the Herts Disability Squad team manager. She also is part of the team that organise and support disability athletics events and championships in the East Region and part of South East UK School Games team staff supporting disability athletes. Click here to read more about Ros' work.
Claire Harvey who competed as a seated thrower (shot, discus and javelin) in the F55 classification, is Chief Executive of Diversity Role Models charity - which seeks to actively seeks to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools by educating young people.
She previously captained the Paralympics GB Sitting Volleyball Team in the London 2012 Paralympic Games before training to be a seated thrower and she competed at the IPC World Championships in Doha for shot put and javelin. She also won medals at the England Athletics champs for seated discus, javelin and shot put in 2015. She would like to see more representation of disabled people in public roles and the mainstream media, not just talking about disability. She believes having a disability shouldn’t limit people's aspirations in any way.
Chief Executive of Sport England Jennie Price was awarded a CBE for services to Sport especially to increasing Women's and Girls' participation. For the past 10 years, Jennie has headed Sport England's work to protect, nurture and develop community sport. She led the This Girl Can campaign from the start and which has resulted in 2.6 million more women getting active in England.
We congratulate them and appreciate the work of all our volunteers, coaches, officials and others who contribute to the success of Athletics and Running in England.