June Logan awarded MBE for services to disability sport in Northern Ireland
June Logan (nee Bodel), a former Irish swimming international and retired special school teacher from Moira, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list, in recognition of a lifetime of voluntary service to disability sport in Northern Ireland.
Despite being a very busy special school teacher, from early in her career June dedicated much of her spare time to organising sports opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities. She was an active member of the Northern Ireland Sports Association for People with Learning Disabilities and in 1992 was appointed as Swimming Coach with the British Paralympic Association for World and European Championships and the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta.
As her career developed, June became increasingly committed to improving the rights of disabled people, representing disability sport on a number of UK and Northern Ireland sports organisations including the Sports Council for Northern Ireland and the UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disabilities.
Most notably June was a founding member and long term board member of Disability Sport NI which was set up in 1998 to tackle the underrepresentation of people with disabilities in sport. With June’s support and advice the organisation has grown to represent the vast majority of disability sports groups in Northern Ireland and now runs sports and active recreation programmes and services which annually benefit 15,000 people across Northern Ireland.
Congratulating June on her award Kevin O’Neill, Chief Executive of Disability Sport NI said,
‘We are simply delighted to see June’s lifetime of voluntary service to disability sport being recognised today. Throughout her life June has not only been a dedicated volunteer, but also a passionate and effective advocate for improved sports and recreation opportunities for disabled people. Through her voluntary work she has undoubtedly helped improve the quality of life of thousands of children and adults with disabilities across Northern Ireland.’
Commenting on the award June said, ‘I am simply honoured and delighted to receive the award. I enjoyed every part of my voluntary work in disability sport over the years and am humbled to be recognised in this way’.