Olympic coaches awarded MBEs in Queen's birthday honours list

Olympic coaches awarded MBEs in Queen's birthday honours list

17 June 2017 / 13:35
Danny Kerry - the mastermind behind Great Britain's Olympic hockey gold - has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Kerry's vision was hailed by his players as they won a first Olympic medal in 20 years in Rio.

Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh claimed his tactics were the difference as Kerry led his team to eight consecutive wins in Brazil, having already won a bronze at London 2012 and gold at the European Championships.

All team members received MBEs for their gold medals in the New Year's honours list - now their coach, the most successful in the history of modern British hockey, has been rightly honoured.

"I feel proud and humbled by this award," said Kerry, whose insight has been much in demand from other sports since returning from Rio, with England rugby union coach Eddie Jones among his many fans.

"Importantly it's recognition for all the brilliant people who work behind the scenes with our national teams and who do such incredible work.

"Thank you to the many who have supported the athletes in such a tireless, brilliant and selfless way."

Kerry's award was also hailed by England Hockey chief executive Sally Munday.

“Danny is also hugely deserving of an MBE for his incredible contribution to the sport," she said. 

"Both he and his athletes captured a nation with their success on the pitch in Rio, but also with the culture he created, of inspiring the future and leaving a true legacy for the sport."

Other British Olympic coaches have also been recognised.

British Swimming head coach Bill Furniss, who guided double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington to four medals before taking the national job, receives an MBE.

And Scott Hann - coach to double Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock - is also awarded an MBE.

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