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Penzance Olympic Rower Honoured By Queen

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5:43am 11th April 2013
(Updated 5:43am 11th April 2013)

Penzance Olympic hero Helen Glover has been honoured by the Queen.

The former Humphrey Davy student and rowing partner Heather Stanning have collected their MBEs at Windsor Castle.

It is after they won Britain's first gold medal in the 2012 Games in the women's pairs.

The pair were among the Olympians named in the Queen's New Years Honours List, which also included a knighthood for Restronguet sailor and four-times gold medal winner Ben Ainslie.

Helen revealed the Queen had joked with her as she picked up the honour: "She asked us if we are still on speaking terms. I think it was considering we've spent so much time together and spent the whole summer together. So that was quite funny of her. She asked about our careers and where they are heading now."

The answer is - to Rio, where the former Pirate FM Local Hero award winner is hoping to bring home another medal to the Duchy.

But Helen explains she came close to falling at the first hurdle: "The qualification was 5 foot 10 and I'm technically I'm 5 foot 9 and a half, so I did stand on my tiptoes. I only admitted it in the press conference after the Olympic final."

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5:43am 11th April 2013

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