World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington honoured with MBE
World Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington has today been bestowed with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday 2010 Honours List. Chrissie has been awarded the prestigious title for her outstanding achievements in the field of Triathlon.
Norfolk born Chrissie is the reigning and three time World Ironman Champion and last year set the women’s World Record for the best time in an Ironman distance race.
Chrissie, 33, said: “I am so thrilled to have been awarded an MBE. It really is an incredible honour, and I am so proud to represent the sport of triathlon in the UK and around the world. Being awarded the MBE has given me an added boost as I train for my next ironman race, Challenge Roth in Germany in July where I hope to lower the World Record that I set there last year”
After completing a Geography degree at University of Birmingham and a Masters in international development at University of Manchester , Chrissie went on to work as a government policy advisor. She did her first triathlon in 2004 and after winning the World Amateur Championships in 2006 decided to become a full-time athlete in early 2007, taking the racing world by storm and winning her first World Ironman Championship title in the same year.
As well as a successful triathlete, Chrissie is also patron for a number of charities, including ‘Jane’s Appeal, a charity established by the late Jane Tomlinson CBE to raise funds for cancer related organisations. Chrissie’s support for the Appeal recently raised a staggering $10,000 when one kind donor paid to have dinner with her and fellow triathlete Dave Scott.