Petts Wood athletics coach John Powell caps off golden year with MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

PUBLISHED: 11:59 18 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:59 18 June 2013

Athletics coach John Powell trained 200m sprinter James Ellington for the 2012 Olympics.

Athletics coach John Powell trained 200m sprinter James Ellington for the 2012 Olympics.


Athletics coach John Powell capped of a whirlwind 18 months on Saturday as he was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours alongside seven others in Bromley.

The 54-year-old, of Petts Wood, has been coaching for 37 years but his career hit a pinnacle in 2012 when he was selected to carry the Olympic torch, travel to Portuglar with Team GB and saw his protege James Ellington compete at the London Games.

Awarded an MBE for his services to Athletics, the former Blackheath & Bromley Harriers coach admits he thought the letter informing him of his honour was from the tax man.

He said: “It was a surprise to say the least. I thought it was from the tax man when I first saw the envelope, so I wasn’t best pleased to be opening it until I saw the Cabinet Office logo in the corner and thought twice.

“I’m not shocked easily and I was really taken back by it.”

And the golden year continues for John, who became a father for the first time last year, as his wife is expecting their second child.

He added: “I’m not sure when the ceremony will be, but I’ve been told to expect a letter within six months. I’d prefer it to be sooner than later, because I’d rather not have to let down her majesty because my wife’s in labour.”

Others awarded an MBE include archaeologist Dr Bryan Philip, of Orpington, and Supt Brian Pearce - for his role with the Met Police during the London 2012 Olympics.

Toby Sargent, of Hayes, receives an OBE for his services to government communications and Susan Anderson, of Chislehurst, picks up the same honour for services to employment relations.

Robert Broadhurst was also awarded an OBE for his services to public order policing during both the Olympic and Paralympic Games last year.

Finally, Jennifer Rowe and Jennifer Ellis will become Companions of the Order of the Bath for services to the administration of justice and the Royal British Legion respectively.

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