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State & Ceremonial

Mr Motivator and Joe Wicks awarded with MBEs for keeping people fit during lockdown

Fitness gurus Mr Motivator and Joe Wicks and each received an MBE for their efforts in keeping people fit, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Derrick Evans, known to millions as Mr Motivator, receives his award in recognition of his services to health and fitness.

Mr Motivator first found fame on GMTV almost 30 years ago when he performed fitness routines live on air in very bright outfits, which quickly became his trademark.

Evans left GMTV in 2000 after he decided to return to his country of birth, Jamaica, however he made his grand return to television in 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the start of lockdown, the 67-year-old joined BBC One’s HealthCheck UK Live where he once again performed live fitness routines so people could keep fit at home.

Joe Wicks also receives his honour for services to Fitness and charity in the UK and Abroad particularly during Covid-19.

The 34-year-old, known as The Body Coach, launched his “PE With Joe” livestreams on YouTube at the start of the lockdown to try to help children stay active whilst away from school.

Over a million people tuned in to his first live broadcast which earned him a Guinness World Record for the most viewers for a fitness workout live stream on YouTube.

Mr Wicks donated all profits from his lockdown videos to Britain’s National Health Service, raising approximately £500,000 in total.