British Gymnastics would like to congratulate Debra Courtenay-Crane and Patricia Sharpe for being named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Debra Courtenay-Crane is Head Coach at Carterton Gymnastics Club and has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to gymnastics and to young people in Carterton, Oxfordshire.
Debra has built up Carterton Gymnastic Club over the past 36 years and remains Head Coach and Director at the club’s new purpose-built gymnastics facility, The Vault.
In December 2019, Debra was named the South Region winner of the BBC Sports Personality Get Inspired Unsung Hero award for her outstanding contribution to the sport in her area, helping thousands of gymnastics over her career including Commonwealth Games gymnast, Katie Slader, who presented her with her award at her gym.
Patricia (Tricia) Sharpe, founder of Recoil Trampoline Club has also been awarded the BEM for her services to gymnastics for over 40 years. Tricia, now an active trustee at the charity club, is an elite trampoline coach and fundraiser, and she has raised lots of money for the club to create an all-round centre for trampolining for gymnasts of all abilities. Just last year, Tricia underwent a 963 mile journey on a tuk tuk, driving from Lands’ End to John O’Groats to raise funds to create better access at their venue for participants with disabilities. As well as being a coach, Tricia is an experienced competition judge and in 2012, she was a torch bearer ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.
British Gymnastics would also like to congratulate Irish gymnast, Rhys McClenaghan who has been awarded the BEM for his services to gymnastics. The 21 year-old men’s artistic gymnast from Newtownards in Country Down, is a Commonwealth Games and European Games pommel horse champion and in 2019 he won Ireland’s first ever World Championship medal in Stuttgart, taking bronze on pommel.
To see the full list of honours, click here.