Seven-time Paralympian Simon Munn to receive MBE for services to Wheelchair Basketball.
The legend of British Wheelchair Basketball, Simon Munn, was deservedly recognised for his impressive wheelchair basketball career and services to the sport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The welcome news was made public on Friday 8th June with his honour being celebrated over the weekend by Simon’s team mates past and present. Prominent figures of the Paralympic sporting landscape were also clearly delighted with his award with many extending their congratulations to Simon and his family via social media.
Simon has one of the most impressive and longest sporting careers with his first international debut being made at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics. During his career, until his retirement from international competition in 2016, Simon competed in six World Championships (silver 1994, 2002) and seven Paralympics (silver 1996 // bronze 2004, 2008, 2016).
Speaking of the news Simon Munn said:
“It is an incredible honour, not just for me but for my family as well – they are so proud.
“I am over the moon to be recognised for my services to wheelchair basketball. The award demonstrates the prominence of Paralympic Sport and hopefully my honour will be the first of many for athletes who have dedicated themselves to this sport.”
Chair of British Wheelchair Basketball, Paul Hudson celebrated the news and commented:
“I can think of no more deserving athlete than Simon to be the recipient of a MBE for services to wheelchair basketball. This is an athlete who came to our sport as an adult and dedicated his life to representing his country on international wheelchair basketball courts.
“Simon is not only one of the legends of our game with an unspeakably impressive medal record, he also dedicates time to mentoring younger athletes who are starting their wheelchair basketball journey.
“We send Simon and his family our heartfelt congratulations and thanks.”