British expat Chris Wright was presented with a British Empire Medal (BEM) – which awards British citizens for meritorious civil or military service deemed worthy of recognition by the Crown – on Wednesday, July 3 at the Ambassador’s Residence in Lisbon.
More than 60 people attended the event to see Chris being presented the BEM by British Ambassador Chris Sainty.
During his speech, Ambassador Chris Sainty said: “It is both a great pleasure and a great honour for me, as British Ambassador to Portugal representing Her Majesty The Queen, to present Christopher Wright with the British Empire Medal for his tireless services to charity and his local community in Portugal.”
Chris is well-known in the Algarve as a sports enthusiast and sportswriter, covering his team Olhanense and other football teams in the central/eastern Algarve area. He is also the President of East Algarve Walking Football, being one of the faces of the region’s walking football scene. “Fitness, fun and friendship” is his motto.
The ceremony that saw him receiving the BEM was held at the British Ambassador’s Residence in what was described by the British Embassy as a “particularly interesting event”.
The Residency Gardens were transformed in order to host a walking football tournament, in which four teams took part: SC Olhanense, East Algarve Walking Football, Fundação Benfica and one team of the British Embassy in Portugal.
While the British Embassy team was “the most inexperienced”, the tournament was held in a friendly environment.