2020 New Year’s Honours List: More trailblazing sporting women recognised

December 2019

Women in Sport would like to congratulate all the women who have been recognised in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list for their contribution to sport and equality. After a fantastic summer of sport for the British women’s netball, football and athletics teams amongst others, it is great to see the increased number of women who have been named on the list*.

Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive of Women in Sport said:

“I’m delighted to see so many women recognised in this year’s New Year Honours list. It has been an incredible year for women’s sport, and it is hugely positive to see that so many women who played a part, both on and off the field of play, have been recognised. Of particular note is Baroness Sue Campbell who has been made a Dame. The former Chair of UK Sport and the Youth Sport Trust, and now Head of Women’s Football at the FA, she has provided key opportunities for women and girls throughout her career. Sporting champions and leaders such as British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen, and broadcaster Gabby Logan have been instrumental in transforming sport for the next generation and helping to nurture young girls’ talent. This year we also see many elite athletes such as Lioness Jill Scott, Taekwondo World Champion Jade Jones and England netball players Serena Guthrie and Jo Harten honoured, providing exceptional role models for the next generation of active women.”

“Women’s sport would not be where it is today without these women. Congratulations to all the women across the sector who helped make 2019 an outstanding year for sport. We shouldn’t ignore the continued gender gap in physical activity participation, but it is important to celebrate the progress that has been made and the work that is being done to transform sport.”

*556 women are recognised on the New Year Honours List 2020, representing 51% of the total – the highest since 2014.