Fenland Paralympian Jody Cundy awarded an MBE

PUBLISHED: 11:05 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 11:45 29 April 2010

Great Britain's Jodie Cundy recieves his medal for winning in the 1km time trial final, LC1/LC2/CP4 male

Great Britain's Jodie Cundy recieves his medal for winning in the 1km time trial final, LC1/LC2/CP4 male

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FIVE-TIME Paralympic gold medal winner Jody Cundy has been recognised in the New Year s Honours list. The disabled swimmer turned Paralympic cyclist has been given an MBE for services to disabled sport.

Cundy, 30, from Walpole St Andrew, said: I found

FIVE-TIME Paralympic gold medal winner Jody Cundy has been recognised in the New Year's Honours list.

The disabled swimmer turned Paralympic cyclist has been given an MBE for services to disabled sport.

Cundy, 30, from Walpole St Andrew, said: "I found out a few weeks ago when I had a private and confidential letter through from the cabinet office. It was a big shock."

The honours caps off a phenomenal year for Cundy.

At the summer's Beijing Paralympics he stormed to two gold medals and set a world record.

As a swimmer, Cundy collected two golds at the Sydney Games in 2000, a bronze in Athens in 2004 and also butterfly gold from the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics.

"This year has been a whirlwind," said Cundy, who is an amputee below the knee.

"It has gone by really quickly. The success, not just for me, but for the team has been amazing.

"It's been great being part of the Paralympic cycling team; to win 17 gold medals is something special."

Cundy, who was born with a deformed foot which was amputated when he was three, is now preparing to compete at the World Cup in Manchester in May, and the World Championships in Seville, Spain, in September.

Arrangements will be made for Cundy to travel to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen at some point next year.


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