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Nottingham community boxing coach gets Empire medal

Marcellus Baz teaches boxing
Image caption Marcellus Baz has been awarded the British Empire Medal

A Nottingham boxing coach who won the BBC's Unsung Hero award has been named in the New Year Honours.

Marcellus Baz has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to youth boxing and the community.

Mr Baz, 41, took the BBC award for years of providing free boxing sessions to vulnerable children in an effort to keep them away from gangs and crime.

However he is currently looking for a new venue after problems with the tenancy at the gym he uses.

Mr Baz said he intended to stay in St Ann's where he has had a presence for the past 20 years.

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Media caption2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero

"I've been working with kids there since they were four or five years old and now they have grown up and this is the time where they need the most guidance.

"I've worked with families and got to know the community - I feel part of it now."

He runs sessions at various venues in Nottingham, but in St Ann's he has about 50 young boxers attending sessions on Sundays.

Image caption Tim Reddish guided the British Paralympic team through a highly successful London 2012 Games

Timothy Reddish, chair of the British Paralympic Association, has been appointed CBE for services to sport.

Mr Reddish, from Wollaton, was awarded Freeman of the City of Nottingham in 2005 and appointed OBE in 2009 for Services to Swimming and Disability Sport.

He was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition in 1989, aged 31.

However in his subsequent 13 year international swimming career, he competed in three Paralympic Games, three World and five European Championships, amassing a total of 43 medals.

In 1998 he took up an appointment at British Swimming as National Co-ordinator before being appointed National Performance Director for the Disability Swim Team in 2003, where he led the team at both the Athens and Beijing Paralympic Games.

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