Oh, the pomp and circumstance of our friends across the pond! Every year, the British crown bestows membership in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, an order of chivalry that recognizes the lives and achievements of remarkable Britons.
This year, two disability sport activists from Hampshire were offered membership into the order (a status known as an MBE). Rosemary “Rory” Morrison, 73, earned her stripes for her work in disabled sailing. In nine years as a sailing captain at New Forest and District Sailability in 2002, she has trained more than 80 volunteers to help bring Britons with disabilities to the high seas. “I was shocked,” she told the BBC. “I really didn’t believe it for a very long time. It’s like a fairy story.”
Jeff Levick, 74, has been working in the disability cricket scene for over a decade. Of his efforts with cricketers with disabilities, Levick says, “They really are the same as everyone else and deserve every opportunity they can get.”
Congrats to both of Mrs. Morrison and Mr. Levick! Your contributions are much appreciated, even on this side of the Atlantic!