Phoebe Paterson Pine has been appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to archery.
Phoebe won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in the Women's Individual Compound Open on 30 August, her first gold medal at her first Games. She had an incredible run to the final, including facing tough competition from her teammate Jess Stretton in the second round of the competition.
Now with an MBE to add to her growing list of achievements, Phoebe said: Â"Becoming an MBE is something I've never thought about really, because I never thought it would ever happen to me. I'm so truly grateful for this award and recognition for my achievement of becoming a Paralympic champion. I've worked incredibly hard to be in the position I am right now. Some people may say it's luck but it's not, it's hard work.Â”
Phoebe took up archery on a family holiday before joining a local club and Archery GB's Performance Programme. Of her Paralympic victory, she said at the time: Â"I couldn't in my wildest dreams have ever thought this was going to happen. I've worked very hard for it but as an athlete you're always a little unsure - so I've a lot more confidence in myself now.Â”