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Local recognition in New Year Honours list
Published 31/12/13

THREE people from South Oxfordshire have been recognised in the New Year's Honours.

Dominic Mahony, of Cuxham Road, Watlington has been made a MBE for services to modern pentathlon.

Mr Mahony, 49, who won a bronze medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, has served the sport in a voluntary capacity for more than 20 years.

He said: ďI am delighted to be recognised personally but also for my sport and in particular the world-class performance programme, which I have been working on for almost 18 years, to be recognised too.Ē

In 1993 he was made chairman of the International Federation of Modern Pentathlonís Athletes Committee and the following year became the first athlete to sit on the executive board and technical committee.

Mr Mahoney was asked to write the sportís funding submission for Lottery money in 1997 in order to launch the world-class programme to develop athletes.

He has been the GB Olympic pentathlon team manager since 2000, which involves organising everything that happens off the field, including logistics and accreditation.

Mr Mahony is also a consultant and director at Lane4, a human performance consultancy in Bourne End. His wife Katie was an international pentathlete in the Nineties and the couple have three daughters, Cordelia, 11, Olivia, nine, and Venetia, six.

Julia Carrick, from Hambleden, has been awarded an OBE.

She has worked in the British luxury industry for almost 30 years and was chief executive of Walpole British Luxury, which represents 180 brands in the UK.

Ms Carrick, who lives in Rockwell End with her daughters, Arabella, 20, and Charlotte-Sophia, 18, said: ďIím incredibly honoured. It was an amazing surprise when I found out. Itís reward enough to work with such wonderful people.Ē

Ms Carrick was honoured for her work at Walpole and for founding the Financial Timesí How To Spend It magazine in 1994. Walpole is a not-for-profit organisation which lobbies on behalf of the luxury industry as well as offering mentoring for new businesses. The company represents British brands including Mulberry, Selfridges and BAFTA.

In September, Ms Carrick stepped down as chief executive after 13 years but she continues to work as a global ambassador for the company.

She said: "Iím very passionate about the luxury industry, which is crucial to the economy and jobs market.

ďItís not only an honour to be awarded the OBE but also to work with so many great people.Ē

Geoff Whittaker, from Watlington, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his charity work.

He has arranged numerous charity events in Watlington and Britwell Salome, including the Scarecrow Trail, where scarecrow versions of celebrities are placed around the village.

He also organised the village arts show and pop quizzes.

Published 31/12/13

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