Olympic star Jason's OBE joy
9:00am Friday 1st March 2013 in Local
BOLTON cycling sensation Jason Kenny is among the Olympic heroes who have been honoured by the Queen.
The sprint cyclist, aged 24, was awarded an OBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday after winning two gold medals at London 2012.
After meeting the Queen, he said: “It's the ultimate pressure situation. I'm not very good with words, especially when the pressure's on. It's terrible.”
The former Mount St Joseph Business and Enterprise College pupil was joined at the special occasion by his family, including proud parents Mike and Lorraine.
Jason now has the OBE to add to the MBE he was awarded in the 2009 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to sport.
His dad Mike said: “It was a very nice ceremony.
“We had better seats and it was the Queen this time. We got Prince Charles last time.
“Jason did seem to have quite a long conversation with the Queen and normally he’s a man of few words.”
Mum Lorraine said: “It’s really moving. My eyes filled up with tears as soon as they announced his name.
“It’s very emotional and lovely. Jason is very laid back but he is pretty pleased and chuffed.”
Also honoured at the investiture ceremony were athletics star Jessica Ennis, aged 27, who received a CBE, with MBEs given to long jumper Greg Rutherford, aged 26, flyweight boxer Nicola Adams, aged 30, and cycling team pursuit gold winner Joanna Rowsell, aged 24.