West Yorkshire Olympic heroes honoured by Queen

HER triumphs were keenly watched in Huddersfield.

Nicola Adams, daughter of Marsh man Innocent Adams, celebrates her gold medal

HER triumphs were keenly watched in Huddersfield.

Family and friends packed into The Lime Bar in the town centre to cheer on Nicola Adams to the first ever Olympic boxing medal for a woman.

And today, the Yorkshirewoman whose dad Innocent lives in Huddersfield, is given an MBE in the New Year honours.

Nicola joins wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft and triathlete Alistair Brownlee on the honours list. All receive MBE’s to mark their contribution to a stunning year of sport in 2012.

Both Adams and Brownlee will feature tonight in a special edition of the famous Superstars programme, to be screened on BBC1 at 6.45pm.

Dewsbury-born Brownlee enjoyed a fabulous Olympics, winning the gold in the triathlon.

The 24-year-old went into the Games as reigning world champion after winning the Grand Final in Beijing and struck Olympic gold on August 7, while his younger brother Jonny finished in third to take the bronze medal.

Paralympic golden girl Hannah Cockroft has an MBE to add to her many accolades.

Hannah is one of many Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes to be honoured for their achievements in sport.

She raced to glory and won gold in the T34 100m and 200m finals, breaking Paralympic records in both.

The MBE tops off an extraordinary year for Hannah, who has cerebral palsy.

She was cheered on by thousands as she carried the Olympic Torch through Brighouse in the national relay.

She was welcomed home to Calderdale by thousands as she was awarded the Honorary Freewoman of the Borough, the highest accolade the council can bestow.

In May, Hannah became the first person to set a world record in the Olympic Stadium, which she did in the 100m.

And the kind-hearted athlete has used her public position to raise the profile of the work of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Brackenhall.

 
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