November 28 - British Paralympic Association (BPA) director of sport Penny Briscoe took time out of preparations for Sochi 2014 to head to Buckingham Palace today to pick up her Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) honour for her services to Paralympic sport.
Briscoe was granted the honour in the Queen's Birthday Honours this summer, for her work with the BPA since joining the organisation in 2001, and she headed to the Royal residence today to receive her honorary medal.
She will head to Sochi 2014 next March as the Chef de Mission to the ParalympicsGB team, representing her sixth consecutive appearance at a Games as part of the British set-up since becoming director of performance services in 2002.
"It goes without saying that it is very humbling to receive such an honour, and that I could not have achieved this without the support of my family, the team at the BPA, our athletes and our many colleagues and supporters across the sporting landscape in the UK," said Briscoe, when she first heard the news earlier this year.
"In my time at the British Paralympic Association, I have been fortunate to be involved with some of the incredible developments of the Paralympic movement in this country and I have worked, with the rest of the team at the BPA, towards our goal of maintaining our position as a leading Paralympic nation despite increasing levels of international competition."
Briscoe has been no stranger to competitive action herself having represented Britain for over 12 years as a canoeist at junior, under-23 and international level, before moving into coaching and attending the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympics as assistant coach to the British canoe slalom team.
After moving into Paralympic sport, Briscoe has acted as assistant Chef de Mission to the British team at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, London 2012 and was part of the senior management team at Turin 2006.
She has a tough job on her hands going into Sochi next year as the British team looks to secure its first Winter Paralympics medal since a wheelchiar curling silver at Turin 2006, following a blank sheet last time out in Vancouver.
Contact the writer of this story at [email protected]
November 2013: "Project Sochi" gearing up well despite ice sledge hockey setback, claims British team boss
May 2013: British Paralympics stage workshop to prepare for Sochi 2014
March 2013: Exclusive - Winning a medal at Sochi 2014 would be a successful outcome says ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission
January 2013: "Chuffed to bits" Briscoe sets sights on improving ParalympicsGB performance at Sochi 2014 after Vancouver blank
January 2013: Briscoe named ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission for Sochi 2014