Women in Sport congratulates those recognised in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list

December 2018

Women in Sport is proud to congratulate all the women who have been celebrated in this year’s honours list for their contribution to sport and equality.

Ruth Holdaway, Chief Executive of Women in Sport said:

“It’s great to see these talented female athletes, coaches and leaders recognised for their contribution to the sport sector – and particularly for the work they do to promote sport for women and girls.

“England netballer Geva Mentor, who was part of the team’s amazing win on the Gold Coast, has been recognised for her incredible career at the top of international netball, while cricket legend Enid Bakewell has been celebrated for her services to women’s cricket.

“I’m delighted to see great female leaders such as Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, and Kate Caithness, president of the World Curling Federation, recognised for their commitment to sport.

“Congratulations to Joanna Bostock and Tamsin Parlour, co-founders of the Women’s Sport Trust, who have been made celebrated for services to gender equality in sport. Their work has helped increase the visibility of women’s sport and highlighted the huge commercial opportunity that exists within elite women’s sport.

“It is also important to recognise individuals in the grassroots sector who are quietly making a huge difference to women and girls’ lives. Volunteers and coaches such as Lorna Boothe and Paula Dunn have worked hard to create equal opportunities for all women and girls and ensured that they are not missing out on the lifelong benefits of sport.

“Congratulations to friends of the charity and women across the sector who have helped make 2018 another great year for women’s sport. We still have a long way to go and shouldn’t forget the gap between the number of women and men on this year’s list, but it is important to celebrate the work that is being done to transform sport.”