Given how challenging 2020 has been for both elite and grassroots sportswomen Women in Sport is delighted to see so many women recognised in the 2021 New Year Honours list. We would like to congratulate all the women who have been celebrated in the list for their contribution to sport and equality.
Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive of Women in Sport said:
“It’s great to see so many sportswomen recognised in the New Year Honours list. Women who have shown superb skill and brilliance in their sport; women who have played a part in fighting for the right to play; and those who have worked day in day out to give girls from all backgrounds an equal chance to play at grassroots level. Sport changes lives, helping us become resilient, to be team players and leaders as well as to keep fit in mind and body. Doubtless many other great achievers in the Honour’s list will have been aided by their experiences of sport.
“The pandemic has lifted the lid on all kinds of inequalities in our society, with women being hit most by job losses and caring responsibilities. The under investment in women’s sport has been clearer than ever; but will ensure that 2021 will see women come back all the stronger. The list shows the talented athletes, coaches and leaders who are transforming sport for the next generation, helping to provide exceptional role models, and nurture a love for sport in young girls.
“In a year when sport has had to reflect on what it is doing to become an inclusive space for all, we welcome the awarding of an OBE to Olympian Donna Fraser, UK Athletics’ Equality, Diversity and Engagement Lead.
“It’s wonderful to also see women like Ruth Saunders, who, aged 104, walked a marathon to raise money for Thames Valley Air Ambulance, recognised for incredible efforts during lockdown.
“Congratulations to all the women across the sector who helped face the challenges of 2020 within sport. We move into 2021 with renewed commitment to women and girls in all their diversity and will continue to ensure everyone can experience the joy, fulfilment and lifelong benefits of sport.”