Royal Award for Vicky

Local nurse and Olympic gold medal winner, Vicky Drummond (formerly Wright), recently received her MBE for services to curling from the Princess Royal at an investiture ceremony in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Vicky who married fellow curler Greg Drummond last summer was joined by team members Mili Smith, Jennifer Dodds and Hailey Duff, plus British curling team head coach David Murdoch, who were also collecting their awards following the team’s gold medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Vicky, 29, who previously worked in Ward B11 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital before recently moving to ITU, said it was a “really special” day.

She added: “We have met Princess Anne a couple of times now, she’s just so lovely and we’re really honoured to receive this award.

“A year ago we were about to go into a bubble out to the Olympics so I can’t believe it’s been a year already, it’s been so quick.”

Vicky stepped back from elite level curling in May 2022 to concentrate on her career. At the time she said: “On the back of what can only be described as the most incredible experience winning Olympic gold in Beijing, it is with much pride I announce my retirement from full time curling to fully invest my time into my nursing career and family life.”

As well as getting married and receiving an MBE, Vicky also received an Honorary degree from Glasgow Caledonian University for her outstanding contribution to public wellbeing through her work at the front line of nursing and her success in the Olympic Games.