Yarnold leads Team GB presence on the Queen's Birthday Honours List

Yarnold leads Team GB presence on the Queen's Birthday Honours List

09 June 2018 / 08:23
Double Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold leads of host of British Olympic stars in being recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Yarnold is awarded an OBE, adding to her MBE, after becoming the first British athlete to defend a Winter Olympic title after winning skeleton gold at PyeongChang 2018 and Sochi 2014.

In doing so, Yarnold became the nation’s most successful winter athlete of all time and is the only Team GB athlete to win two Winter Olympic golds.

There were also OBEs for World Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, adding to the MBE he was given after winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics, and Richard Leman for his services to hockey. 

Leman was part of the gold medal winning team at Seoul 1988 and went on to become President of Great Britain Hockey, finishing just last year, and served on the Board of the British Olympic Association from 2005-2016.

Mike Hay, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, has also been an awarded an OBE 

Hay, who led the delegation to a record haul of five medals in South Korea in February, also oversaw Team GB at Sochi 2014 and the four medals won in Russia. 

There was an MBE for five-time Olympian William Fox-Pitt for services to equestrian and President of the World Anti-Doping Agency Sir Craig Reedie has become a KnightGrand Cross for his services to sport. 

Sir Hugh Robertson, Chairman of the BOA said: “Many congratulations to everyone involved in the British Olympic movement who has been honoured today. Sir Craig has been this country’s most senior international sports administrator for over a decade and has always conducted himself with great dignity and integrity. 

"Both Anthony Joshua and Lizzy Yarnold’s athletic achievements speak for themselves and both have acted as role models and inspirational figures for young people across the country.

"Richard Leman is one of our greatest hockey players who, as President of GB Hockey masterminded both recent medal successes, including the women’s gold in Rio, and Mike Hay has been an outstanding winter Olympic Chef de Mission.

"There are many others whose careers have involved Olympic success or who have been involved in the Olympic Movement.   However, it is also important to congratulate all those at the grassroots who have been recognised today. The heart of the Sports Honours List are those recipients who have coached or organised the stars of the future in countless sports facilities around the country. To them, we owe a huge debt of gratitude.”

Bill Sweeney, CEO of the BOA: “We are incredibly proud of those honoured today for their contribution to Olympism. In particular, Lizzy Yarnold and Anthony Joshua are great examples of athletes that were able to fulfil their not only their Olympic ambitions, but give so much back to their communities and country.

"To see Lizzy in schools the length and breadth of the UK, showing her gold medals to wide-eyed youngsters, is to genuinely appreciate what inspiration means and how Olympic sport continues to have a positive impact in our society.

“As Chef de Mission, Mike Hay has presided over unprecedented consecutive Winter Games successes, bringing to bear his knowledge and experience in a highly competitive and unpredictable environment. His excellent relationships with our winter sports and athletes was self-evident in PyeongChang and we’re delighted he has been awarded an OBE.”