Britain’s most decorated sports couple reached another tier of awards last night.
For the footballers who led England to the final at the European Championship, further recognition has to be found outside of the New Year’s honor roll.
As is customary in Olympic and Paralympic years, the majority of recipients come from these activities, with 99 headed the athletic list by Laura and Jason Kenny, the married Team GB cyclists who have been named lady and gentleman.
Married Team GB cyclists Jason (left) and Laura (right) Kenny have been made Sir and Lady
This follows her recent successes on the biggest stage: Jason, 33, won his seventh Olympic gold in the Keirin at the Tokyo Games and Laura, 29, her fifth over the Madison.
Not only have they achieved their 2021 goal of building a watch from Olympic gold medals, but they are now the first married couples to win knights and ladies on the same list.
In a joint statement, the couple said: “To be included on the New Years Honor Roll next to such a prestigious company is something we are both very humble about and very proud of.
“We were both very fortunate to be able to do a job that we both love and we have a whole team behind us that enables us to compete at the highest level. We are grateful and grateful to all of them. ‘
The couple is the first married couple to achieve knighthood and lady rights on the same list
While the merits of awarding the title to active athletes are controversial, there is little to fault with this latest tier of recognition for cyclists who are individually the first and fourth most successful British Olympians of all time. As a sporty pairing, they are unprecedented in this country.
When the Kennys were commended for continuing a remarkable job, the most amazing individual conquest of the year was also recognized in the form of an MBE for Emma Raducanu, 19.
It followed 12 days after she was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for her staggering win at the US Open in September. British sport has never seen a breakthrough like this.
19 year old Emma Raducanu received an MBE for her incredible win at the US Open
Across the list, 78 Olympians and Paralympists were honored for their contribution to the sport – one for each gold medalist who was not previously honored and a number of coaches.
Among them, Tokyo gold medalists Adam Peaty and Tom Daley received OBEs for their success in the pool, with the latter also being recognized for raising awareness of LGBT issues.
Daley’s accomplishment when he and his partner Matty Lee – now an MBE himself – won gold in 10m synchronized diving in their fourth games was one of the stories of the sporting year.
Tokyo gold medalist Adam Peaty received an OBE for his success in the pool
Tom Daley also received an OBE for his Tokyo Gold and raising awareness of LGBT issues
There was an OBE for Hannah Mills, who won her second sailing gold medal in Tokyo and has long been campaigning against marine pollution.
Seven-time Paralympics gold medalist Hannah Cockroft was also awarded an OBE, while there was a CBE for Jody Cundy, 43, who went on to paracycling in Tokyo on top of three para-swimming golds in a gaming career that dates back to this year -Gold added in 1996.
Kadeena Cox, who has won Paralympic gold medals in athletics and cycling, was awarded an OBE, and there was a CBE for Stephen Park, the UK’s cycling performance director. In addition to the Kennys and Park, nine other members of the British Olympic cycling program were on the list.
Hannah Mills won her second sailing gold medal in Tokyo and has long been campaigning against marine pollution
Park said: “Jason and Laura are not only true masters of their craft, they are also wonderful teammates, role models and ambassadors for our sport. I am delighted that her remarkable achievements have been included on the list of honors and both should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved. “
Chelsea Women’s Manager Emma Hayes received an OBE for her home stand and work promoting women’s football. It may come as a surprise that of the cohort that brought England to the Euro 2020 final, only Gareth Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland made the list.
He received an MBE, but none of the squads were represented, despite reaching the first grand final since 1966.
Chelsea Women’s Manager Emma Hayes received an OBE for the club’s domestic triple