The most distinguished British sports couple achieved another level of excellence last night. The footballers who took England to the finals at European Championship, further recognition will have to be sought outside the New Year’s honor list.
As is usual in the Olympic and Paralympic years, most of the recipients are derived from these efforts, with a sports list of 99 run by Laura and Jason Kenny, married cyclist from The GB team who were elevated to Ladies and Sir.
Married team riders GB Jason (left) and Laura (right) Kenny became gentlemen and ladies
This follows their latest successes on the biggest stage, with Jason, 33, winning his seventh Olympic gold in keirin at the Tokyo Games, and Laura, 29, her fifth over Madison.
In addition to achieving their 2021 goal of building a watch out of Olympic gold medals, they are now the first husband and wife to receive a knighthood and a women’s title on the same list.
In a joint statement, the couple said: “Being on the New Year’s honor list next to such a esteemed company is something we are both so very humble and also very proud of.
“We were both very lucky to be able to do the work we both love, and behind us is a whole team of people who allow us to compete at the highest level. We are grateful and grateful to everyone.”
The couple are the first husband and wife to receive the title of knight and lady on the same list
While the benefits of awarding titles to active athletes are open to some debate, there is no need to argue with this latest layer of recognition from riders who have individually ranked among the top and fourth most successful British Olympians of all time. As a sports couple, they are unprecedented in this country.
If Kenny was toasted to continue his outstanding work, the most stunning individual victory of the year was also recognized in the form of an MBE for 19-year-old Emma Raducanu.
It followed 12 days after she was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for her stunning victory at the US Open in September. British sport has never experienced such a breakthrough.
19-year-old Emma Raducanu received an MBE for her stunning victory at the U.S. Open
The list included 78 Olympians and Paralympians who were awarded for merits in the sport – one for each previously unawarded gold medal and many coaches.
Among them, Tokyo gold winners Adam Peaty and Tom Daley received BOTH for their success in the pool, and the latter also received recognition for raising awareness on LGBT issues.
Daley’s performance in winning gold in the 10m synchro jump with his partner Matty Lee – he is now an MBE – at his fourth games was one of the stories of the sporting year.
Tokyo Gold Medal winner Adam Peaty received OBE for his success in the pool
Tom Daley also received OBE for his gold in Tokyo and awareness of LGBT issues
Hannah Mills, who received her second gold medal in Tokyo and has long battled marine pollution, had BOTH.
OBE also received seven-time Paralympic gold medalist Hannah Cockroft, 43-year-old Jody Cundy, who added the fifth Paralympic gold medal in Tokyo to his three gold medals in his career at the Games. 1996
Kadeena Cox, who won Paralympic gold medals in athletics and cycling, received OBE, Stephen Park, and the British cycling performance director received CBE. In addition to Kenny and Park, there were nine other members of the British Olympic Cycling Program on the list.
Hannah Mills received her second gold medal in sailing in Tokyo and has long struggled with marine pollution
Park said: “Jason and Laura are not only true masters of their craft, but they are also wonderful teammates, role models and ambassadors of our sport. I am glad that their outstanding performances were marked by excellence and they should both be extremely proud of what they have achieved. ‘
Chelsea women’s coach Emma Hayes received OBE for their home trophy and her work in promoting women’s football. Meanwhile, it may have come as a surprise that of the cohort that took England to the Euro 2020 finals, only Gareth Southgate assistant Steve Holland was on the list.
He received an MBE, but none of the team competed, despite reaching the first major final since 1966.
Chelsea women’s coach Emma Hayes received OBE for the club’s home trio