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Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie Knighted

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7:02am 29th December 2012

Cornwall's four-times gold medal winning sailor has been awarded a Knighthood.

Restronguet's Ben Ainslie among dozens of sporting heroes recognised in the Queen's New Years Honours List.

His victory during the London Games made him the most decorated sailor in Olympic history. news - ben ainslie

Speaking during the summer, Ben said: "I started off as a wide eyed youngster in ninety-six, not knowing what to expect. Now, I've almost gone full circle, in that I appreciate my sailing alot more now, I enjoy it alot more now. I realise how fortunate I am to be in this position, especially to be racing in a home Olympics.

"It does help when yous see that people genuinely want you to do well and they're proud of you. That does make a big difference. Especially, being down in Falmouth wehere I grew up and learnt to sail, catching up with alot of old friends and the support down there was amazing."

A Penlee lifeboat widow is also named in the Queen's New Years Honours List.

Janet Madron from Mousehole has been recognised for her tireless support and work with the RNLI.

Janet said: "It was a difficult time but it was something that I just felt I wanted to do. Following a conversation with the coxswain's mother at that time, and she was in her eighties at the time abnd she felt strong enough to carry on, so I decided to carry on as well."

Janet Madron as pictured by Nigel Millard"Looking out of my window and seeing the sea every day in all states of bad weather, you realise what the power of the sea is. I want to make sure they've got everything safety wise so that our crews can always come back safely."

Among the other Cornish names on the News Years Honours List, are:

Dr Melissa Hardie-Budden receiving an MBE for services to Heritage and the Arts in West Cornwall.

Lugina Oates from Redruth receiving an MBE for services to the community in West Cornwall.

Kevin Penhale from Liskeard receiving an MBE for services to Border Protection.

David Williams from Wadebridge is receiving an MBE for services to local cinema.

He is the man behind Truro, Newquay, Wadebridge and St Austell's screens.

David said: "Our ambition has always been to provide our cinemas in Cornwall that are as good as any part of the country. Virtually every major release is shown in Cornwall at the same as in the West End of London.

"It took me about a week to get over the letter really, but obviously it's a great honour. It makes you think how grateful you have to be to other people to get honours like this."

The following people in Cornwall have been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM):

Lynn Bartlett from Fowey, for services to the community in Polruan.

Alison Bevan, Director of Penlee House, Penzance for services to Cultural Heritage in Cornwall..

RSPCA Fundraiser Dorothy May Fisher from Camborne for services to Animal Welfare and the community in Cornwall.

Amanda Kimmins for services to the community of St. Agnes.

Pamela Richards from St Austell for services to the community in Foxhole.

7:02am 29th December 2012

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