NEW YEAR’S HONOUR FOR PENARTH’S CAROLINE MATTHEWS

Caroline Mathews of Penarth is to receive an OBE for her work in wheelchair basketball

In the New Year’s Honours List – published today  – a Penarth resident Caroline Mary MATTHEWS has been listed to receive an MBE for services to Wheelchair Basketball in the UK.

Caroline Matthews MBE of Penarth

Today Ms Matthews said “It’s an incredible honour and a privilege to have been awarded an MBE. I never thought something like this would happen to me. I’m absolutely thrilled.”

Speaking on behalf of Wales Wheelchair Basketball Association, Chair, Lou Englefield, said “We are delighted that Caroline has been honoured in this way. Those who know Caroline will understand how richly deserved this recognition is. A founding officer of the association, a Paralympian and outstanding coach, Caroline has made a huge impact on our sport in Wales.”

Ms Matthews egan her wheelchair basketball career 18 years ago in Bristol. At that time there were no clubs in Wales, so she was forced to commute from her hometo play the sport she loved. Unhappy with the lack of provision locally, however, in 2002 Caroline established Cardiff Celts Wheelchair Basketball Club (now Cardiff Met Archers) alongside Disability Sports Development Officer, Jo Coates-McGrath.

As a player, Caroline gained 125 caps for Great Britain and represented GB at both Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Summer Paralympics.

In 2015 she became only the second wheelchair basketball coach in the UK to achieve the prestigious grade 3 wheelchair basketball coaching qualification and in the same year, lead the Wales U23 team to victory in the Celtic Cup, beating Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Subsequently Caroline became one of three founding officers of Wales Wheelchair Basketball Association and has occupied the role of Secretary since the establishment of the association in July 2017. In January this year she took up her latest role as U19 Head Coach for Wales.

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11 Responses to NEW YEAR’S HONOUR FOR PENARTH’S CAROLINE MATTHEWS

  1. Peter Church says:

    Services to Wheelchair basketball ?? WTF
    And yet those who work for essential services all their lives but don’t manage TV appearances get forgotten.
    The UK Honour system stinks.

    • The honours system will continue to stink until it is totally taken out of the hands of political people.

    • Lou says:

      “As a player, Caroline gained 125 caps for Great Britain and represented GB at both Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Summer Paralympics.
      In 2015 she became only the second wheelchair basketball coach in the UK to achieve the prestigious grade 3 wheelchair basketball coaching qualification and in the same year, lead the Wales U23 team to victory in the Celtic Cup, beating Scotland and Northern Ireland.
      Subsequently Caroline became one of three founding officers of Wales Wheelchair Basketball Association and has occupied the role of Secretary since the establishment of the association in July 2017. In January this year she took up her latest role as U19 Head Coach for Wales.” What have you ever done?

      • Penarth Electrician says:

        Wheelchair basketball will get £7.2m funding from the National Lottery just for the Tokyo games alone.
        Poor people gambling on scratch cards who really can’t afford it.
        Perhaps that money would be better spent on the NHS so the scratch card gamblers see some direct benefit, rather than funding people on fun trips to Tokyo.
        I too could send you a CV, of some essential worker who for example works for Western Power, on call through out the year, out in the middle of the night in terrible weather to keep the UK’s electricity network on. But these sort of hard working people don’t get honours. Many other examples, of people who stand on their on two feet and don’t rely on hand-outs.
        The UK Honour system does stinks, its totally class ridden.

        https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/768173/NY19_Queens_List__4_.pdf

      • Peter Church says:

        Lou I haven’t nothing against Caroline, just the fact that the honour ticks so many PC boxes. Keeps the whooping Xfactor/Strictly dumb plebs happy I suppose.
        I work in the private sector, a real job generating exports for the UK!
        Not relying on charity from others, how about you?

  2. Andrew Worsley says:

    I tell you what Peter Churlish , I think you should have been awarded some sort of honour I really do , ive never come up against anyone (well almost never) who peddles so much crap , is so opiniated , childish and actually believes the words he utters . An intolerant , bigoted , so and so , a Tory Groupie , he says nothing about his farcical Party and their greed and yet chooses to speak out against a female who has battled against the odds and now been rewarded. Only one more word needed PATHETIC !.

  3. Voice of Reason says:

    I agree with Peter and Martin.

  4. Julie Loxton says:

    congratulations to all those who have been recognised, well done

    • Peter Church says:

      Sir Jimmy Savile OBE KCSG, Sir Anthony Blunt, Sir Philip Green,
      Sir Robert Mugabe, Sir Nicolae Ceaușescu, Sir Benito Mussolini
      No I’m not making this up….

      Well done one and all a top rate honours system!

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