Upgrade for Jones as Team GB stars recognised in the 2020 Queen’s New Year Honours list
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Upgrade for Jones as Team GB stars recognised in the 2020 Queen’s New Year Honours list

28 December 2019 / 14:46

Olympians Jade Jones and Jill Scott are among the names recognised for their services to Olympic sports in the 2020 Queen's New Year's Honours list.

They are joined by an illustrious cast of athletes, administrators and supporters of British Olympic sport as the sector celebrates their dedication and achievements.

Two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Jones, 26, finally won an elusive first world title in May 2019 and her MBE will be upgraded to an OBE.

The Welsh athlete will now aim for a third Olympic title in Tokyo in 2020 to follow her success at London and Rio.

Also awarded an OBE is Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew, who led Team Europe to sensational success in Gleneagles in September.

Scott, 32, leads the list of names made an MBE for her contribution to women’s football in England.

The Manchester City and England midfielder has 151 internationals caps and represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.

Three-time Olympic medallist Kelly Sotherton has been appointed an MBE for her services to track and field athletics, three months on from when she was retrospectively awarded her second heptathlon bronze.

The British heptathlete won an Olympic bronze medal in Athens in 2004, and in both the heptathlon and 4x400m relay in Beijing in 2008.

Rajiv Ouseph, who was part of Team GB at the London and Rio Olympic Games, was awarded an MBE for his services to badminton.

In the latter he finished fifth – the highest position of any British player at an Olympic Games.

And it is not just athletes who are dominating the Honours list, with Baroness Sue Campbell, the Football Association’s director of women’s football, being made a Dame.

British Gymnastics CEO Jane Allen received an MBE for her services to the sport, while Dr Rod Jaques, director of medical services at the English Institute of Sport, has been awarded an OBE for medical services to Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Also awarded an OBE was Rosie Mayglothling for her services to rowing and gender equality in sport. 

Mayglothling has been heavily involved in rowing and British Rowing for over thirty years, first representing Great Britain at four World Championships and the 1980 Olympic Games before moving across to volunteer and staff roles. 

She most recently worked as Technical Coordinator for the GB Rowing Team and Director of Pathway Development from 2015-2018, but will likely consider her greatest lasting legacy to be founding the Henley Women's Regatta. 

Vice Chair of the BOA Annamarie Phelps said: "It is wonderful to see sport recognised extensively in the New Year Honours list, and not least those people that have worked tirelessly for and on behalf of Olympic sport.

"Our particular congratulations go to the many athletes recognised for their endeavours within their sports, but also to the likes of Jane Allen at British Gymnastics, who has done so much to transform the sport in this country.

"Dr Rod Jaques is rightly noted for his contribution to the Olympic Movement having served as the BOA's Chief Medical Officer for several Games, whilst Sue Campbell's role in the development of elite sport in the UK is also worthy recognition of an outstanding career and contribution.

"Finally, our thanks and congratulations to those individuals - whether paid or on a voluntary basis - that support sport at every level and have today been honoured for that contribution."

Sportsbeat 2019