After overseeing Great Britain’s most successful haul of medals in a boxing event at the Olympic Games with three golds, one silver and one bronze at London 2012, to top the team ranking, GB Team and British Lionhearts Performance Director Robert McCracken, 44, had the order of chivalry Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) bestowed upon him by Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 12 February 2013.
As Performance Director since 2009, McCracken leads a team of coaches and has been responsible for everything from identifying and recruiting the best talent from the Home Nations’ development programmes, to overseeing the GB Boxing Olympic programme. He has also been responsible for every aspect of performance and has been instrumental in the successful delivery and attainment of medals at major international championships as well as at London 2012.
The former Middleweight boxer is also involved with World Series of Boxing (WSB) where he is performance director for the British Lionhearts which currently sit third in Group B with their place in the knockout phase of the competition assured after claiming five wins from eight matches so far this season.
“It was fantastic, the actual ceremony, and being part of it all, was wonderful. My wife and two of my children were there and were overjoyed”, said McCracken. “I was thrilled the Queen was the one giving me the MBE. She said how well we had done at the Olympics and that she hoped we would do well in Brazil. I think it has lifted the whole nation’s spirits.”
McCracken then said he was already working hard on preparations for the Rio Olympics in 2016, before adding, “It is great that boxing is on such a high at the moment. There are some great role models in the sport right now. We now want to give youngsters in the UK the chance to fulfil their potential and go to Rio and many other Olympics in the future.”
The MBE is the highest recognition one can receive in the United Kingdom before being knighted and the fact that it was presented to McCracken by the Queen demonstrated the impact that London 2012 had on the popularity of boxing.