Forth Valley nurse Vicky earns MBE for her curling prowess

A nurse at Forth Valley Royal Hospital (FVRH) has received an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours to add to the gold medal she won at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

By James Trimble
Thursday, 2nd June 2022, 7:00 am

Vicky Wright (28), from Stirling, works as a surgical ward nurse at FVRH and has now retired from curling.

When The Falkirk Herald caught up with her to congratulate her on her MBE award – she was flying down to London to experience the Trooping of the Colour ceremony.

She said: “You never really know what’s going to happen after you win an Olympic gold, but it is a really special way to round off what we have achieved in this way. It’s nice we all got one as a team.

Forth Valley Royal Hospital nurse Vicky Wright can now add an MBE to her Beijing Winter Olympic gold medal

"I’m enjoying my retirement – it’s allowed me a lot more freedom to do what I want to do.”

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She played a key role in the UK’s only gold medal win at the Winter Games, helping Scotland to a 10-3 win against Japan in the final.

As well as the 2022 Olympic gold, Vicky has won European Championship gold in 2022, silver in 2021 and a silver in the World Junior Championships in 2013.

Alongside her curling success and caring for her patients, Vicky has helped encourage people to lead active lives and get into sport by promoting curling and healthy lifestyles.

She said: “Having a strong perspective on life is something I pride myself on and I am incredibly proud of how I achieved my curling goals, particularly in this last year when I kept up my shift work as an NHS Staff Nurse during a global pandemic.”