British Olympic Association Vice Chairman, Doctor David Hemery CBE, was today awarded the prestigious European Olympic Committees’ (EOC) 2011 Laurel Award.
Hemery, an Olympic and World Champion hurdler received the award at the 40th EOC General Assembly in Sochi, Russia. The Laurel Award is bestowed by the EOC to individuals in Europe who have achieved remarkable sporting merit and have performed outstanding services for sport in their country.
It is a great privilege for me to have received this award. I have enjoyed every aspect of my involvement in sport including; competing, coaching, writing, educating and now developing young people. I was very surprised by this honour and am grateful to receive it.
BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan said:
"David Hemery is one of Europe's great Olympic champions and a very worthy recipient of the EOC Laurel Award. His contribution to the Olympic Movement has been immense since winning gold in 1968 through to his current role as the BOA's Vice Chairman. We, the BOA Board and staff, are delighted for David and wish him our most sincere congratulations."