April 09, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Prince William honours Coach Jane Whetnall

By Andrea Zapata

Jane lives in Crewe with her husband Iain, son Cameron and daughter Vicky who is a Special Olympics athlete.

Special Olympics Great Britain Gymnastics Coach Jane Whetnall has been awarded an MBE for her services to disability sport. The Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) is awarded for service to the community which stands out as an example to other people. Jane is a trained therapist and is the co-founder of Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts in Crewe, Cheshire. She has volunteered for Special Olympics Great Britain for over 20 years, and spends over 80 hours every week training children and adults with intellectual disabilities and offering support to their families. “I was especially thrilled that it was Prince William who presented the MBE. He talked to me about disability sport and the fact I would be taking the Great Britain Special Olympics Rhythmic Gymnastic team to LA 2015. He even joked that gymnastics was not really his sport because he didn’t have the flexibility. It was a wonderful occasion and it was capped of by the fact that my family were in attendance and able to be part of the whole event.”

About Andrea Zapata: I am Communications Manager at Special Olympics Great Britain
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