Full list of sports people in Queen’s Birthday Honours

This year sees a real A to Y of top sports people honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours – from Anthony Joshua all the way to Lizzy Yarnold.

Kenny Dalglish is the top name as the 67-year-old former Liverpool player and manager is knighted for services to football, to charity and to the city of Liverpool.

And Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has been made an OBE for his charity work with his eponymous foundation.

World heavyweight boxing champion Joshua and two-time Olympic skeleton champion Yarnold were also awarded OBEs.

And here the others are picking up honours for their dedication to sport…

Anthony Joshua

World heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua is made an OBE for services to sport.

The 27-year-old has come a long way to hold such a special place in British hearts.

In 2011 Joshua was serving a community service order for being convicted of possessing drugs.

The conviction almost cost Joshua his boxing career and trainer Rob McCracken had to plead with the head of GB Boxing not to throw him off the programme.

Before a world title fight with Joseph Parker this year he posted a picture of him in a high-vis jacket as a reminder of how far he has come as a person and a fighter since his tearaway days, running with the wrong kind in Watford.

“It’s fight week and when you’re looking towards the exciting times, it’s good to look back at the struggle,” he explained.

He now holds IBF. WBA Super and WBO belts and will hope to unify the titles this year against Deontay Wilder – and this gong is the icing on the cake.

Lizzy Yarnold

Lizzy Yarnold hopes her OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List will serve as an inspiration to other athletes to pursue success in their respective sports.

Yarnold made history in Pyeongchang in February when her victory in the women’s skeleton made her the first British athlete to defend a Winter Olympic title.

The 29-year-old, who was awarded an MBE after her initial triumph at the Sochi 2014 Games, claimed victory by almost half a second over silver medallist Jacqueline Lolling of Germany.

Yarnold said: "I have seen the news today that I have been awarded an OBE.

"I am hugely honoured as it’s been a great year for me and Team GB, and to receive it on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list means so much to me.

"I want to encourage future generations of athletes and Olympians and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for my sport and for Team GB."

Mike Hay

Mike Hay, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Pyeongchang, who led the team to a record-breaking five medal haul, has also been awarded an OBE.

Hay receives his award 14 years after being awarded an MBE for his role as a coach in Great Britain’s women’s curling gold medal in Salt Lake City.

British Olympic Association chief executive Bill Sweeney said: "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."

William Fox-Pitt

Former world eventing champion and multiple Olympic medallist has been awarded an MBE.

Fox-Pitt, 49, who lives in Sturminster Newton, has been honoured for services to equestrianism for a career that has spanned more than three decades.

A six-time European champion, Fox-Pitt has competed at five Olympics since making his first appearance in Atlanta in 1996.

He became the first British rider to become the world number one when he achieved the feat in 2002, before subsequently repeating the accolade in 2009, 2010 and 2014.

Perhaps his finest achievement came in 2010, when he won gold in the team eventing class at the World Championships in Kentucky.

Fox-Pitt also won medals at three consecutive Olympics, following up a silver medal in Athens in 2004 and a bronze in Beijing in 2008 by clinching another silver in the team eventing competition at London 2012.

Kenny Dalglish

The 67-year-old former Liverpool player and manager has been honoured for services to football, to charity and to the city of Liverpool.

The Glasgow-born forward, who made 102 appearances for Scotland, scoring 30 goals, began his playing career with Celtic, scoring 167 goals in 322 appearances.

He moved to Liverpool, making 515 appearances and scoring 172 goals, and became player-manager following the May 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster, when 39 people died.

Dalglish was the Reds boss at the time of the April 1989 Hillsborough Stadium tragedy, during which 96 people died. He has campaigned for the families of the deceased.

Dalglish also managed Blackburn, winning the Premier League title in 1994-95, and Newcastle, with a brief spell at Celtic and a second, shorter spell at Liverpool.

Jermain Defoe

Former England striker Defoe was honoured for his work with the Jermain Defoe Foundation, which the 35-year-old London-born striker established in 2013.

His foundation supports homeless, vulnerable and abused children in his family’s home country of St Lucia.

The foundation has expanded to work elsewhere in the Caribbean and in the UK.

Defoe is also well known after befriending terminally ill Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery, who died aged six in July 2017.

The best of the rest

Former Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie and Sarah Clarke, the former championships director at the All England Lawn Tennis Club which hosts Wimbledon, also received OBEs.

Roisin Wood, the chief executive of anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out, was granted an OBE, as was racehorse trainer Lucinda Russell and former British hockey player Richard Leman.

MBEs went to Paralympic skiing champion Menna Fitzpatrick, who is visually impaired, and her guide Jen Kehoe.

Former South Africa player Steve Elworthy, the managing director of cricket’s 2019 World Cup, was named MBE for services to cricket, for his work with the England and Wales Cricket Board.

MBEs also went to former British athlete Diane Modahl, for services to sport and young people and seven-time Paralympic wheelchair basketball player Simon Munn.

Sir Craig Reedie, the Scottish president of the World Anti-Doping Agency who was knighted in 2005, has received an upgrade on his title to become a knight grand cross, or GBE, awarded for exceptional service.

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