Relph rows away with another success

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A Paralympic gold on your debut and at a home Games, a gold painted post box and now an MBE, 2012 was quite the year for Pamela Relph.

The adaptive rower, of Weston Turville, sealed gold in the mixed coxed four at Eton Dorney with her teammates David Smith, James Roe, Naomi Riches and cox Lily van den Broecke.

And now the 23 year old has capped a stellar year with an appearance on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list to join the likes of Halton’s Olympic gold medallist Andrew Triggs Hodge who was on the list in 2009.

Her proud stepdad Peter Bell said: “We found out about a month ago and had to keep it under wraps. It’s really superb and good news. It’s like a late Christmas present for her friends and family.”

Relph returned to her family home for Christmas with her sister, Monica, who is an able-bodied Team GB U23 rower and Mr Bell said it was lovely to have them both back home.

He added that he surprised their mum, Julie, by tracking down a DVD of Pamela’s race as it was not fully covered by Channel 4 during the summer.

“It was the first time since Dorney we could review the whole race. It was nice to relive it again,” Mr Bell said.

Other Aylesbury Vale people to be honoured included Philip Cox, International Power’s chief executive who got a CBE and Professor Michael Brookes, who received an OBE for his work as a senior manager at HMP Grendon.

Quentin Blake was also knighted for his illustration of Roald Dahl’s books.