Paula Dunn and Lorna Boothe recognised in New Year’s Honours

British Paralympic head coach Paula Dunn and Commonwealth hurdles gold medallist Lorna Boothe have received MBEs.

Both former athletes Dunn and Booth are among those to have received recognition in the New Year’s Honours list.

A former athlete, Dunn became the first female head coach appointed by UK Athletics, having replaced Peter Eriksson in 2012.

Dunn competed in different track events at the World Championships and European Championships, from which she won medals for Britain. The former sprinter competed in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and also claimed five Commonwealth medals during her career before turning her attention to coaching.

At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, she reached the semi-finals of the 200 metres.

In the following year, she won her fourth consecutive AAAs 100 metres title. Between August 1986 and January 1990, Dunn was unbeaten at 100 metres by another British woman and receives her MBE for services to athletics.

Last year, she married her long-term partner and we wish them both a happy life together.

As a sprint hurdler Boothe claimed Commonwealth gold in 1978 and silver in 1982 and represented GB at two Olympic Games. The former British record-holder went on to become a coach and senior athletics administrator and receives her MBE for services to sports coaching and administration.

Boothe, who was a British Athletics team manager for nine years, has coached senior international sprinters James Dasaolu and Imani Lansiquot in the past and currently guides European Under-18 Championships fourth-placer Marcia Sey.

Her son Tremayne Gilling has run 10.25 for 100m, while she is also a cousin of the late Jamaican legend Herb McKinley.

She became the first female head coach at UKA when she was appointed in 2012.

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