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England goalies pride at sister-in-laws medal
9:00pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
ENGLAND goalkeeper Rachel Brown has spoken of her pride after her sister-in-law is to receive a top military award.
Captain Lisa Victoria Brown is to made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services in Afghanistan.
The list of honours recognises the immense bravery of those who regularly face danger around the world, including in Afghanistan.
And the Burnley-born goalkeeper, 33, who also plays between the sticks for Everton, said the news was absolutely amazing and that she ‘could not be prouder’.
She said: “I have a few friends in football who have been awarded the same honour, and I know how they felt, but to receive it for services to the country is amazing.
“She is paving the way for our armed forces. She has been representing the British Army in Afghanistan, working for the US Army. She is a great role model for females.”
Captain Brown works as a bomb disposal expert in the Royal Logistic Corps, and has just had her contract extended by the Army.
Rachel said: “We have a mutual appreciation for how hard we both work for what are nominal wages. She is one of only a few people who does what she does in the British Army.
“She has worked her backside off and is a clever lady, so she deserves everything she has got.”
And Rachel conceded the Plymouth born soldier has the harder gig when it comes to the physical demand of the job.
She added: “Being female does not mean you don’t have to do the same training as the men, so she is probably tougher than I am.
“But I have had a few injuries so I might have been through the pain barrier more than she has.”
Lieutenant General Adrian Bradshaw said he was humbled by the achievement of those name on the honours list.
He said: “Some are quite young and provide fantastic role models for their civilian peers. They are the core strength of our Armed Forces. They prove that with good people you can achieve just about anything.”
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