Women in Sport is delighted to see so many women recognised in the New Year Honours list. We would like to congratulate all the women who have been celebrated for their contribution to sport and equality.
This year we have seen some great strides forward in tackling gender inequality in sport, from the most gender-balanced Olympic Games in history to the recent announcement that Barclays is doubling its investment in women’s and girls’ football, providing greater support for the development of the grassroots game.
Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive of Women in Sport said:
“It wonderful to see so many sportswomen, at all levels, recognised in the New Year Honours list. Women who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of excellence; women who have worked tirelessly to give other women and girls the chance to discover the joy and benefits of an active lifestyle; women who have campaigned for change and greater recognition of women in sport. Sport unites communities, it transcends national boundaries. It teaches women and girls the value of leadership, teamwork, self-reliance and resilience. Being active makes us feel better, builds social connections and challenges stereotypical gender norms.
“While 2021 gave us much to celebrate, the ongoing pandemic continued to expose the inequalities in our society, with activity levels for women and girls, particularly those from ethnic minority groups, being hit hard. This list shows how athletes, coaches and leaders are continuing to battle onwards, transforming sport for the next generation, being exceptional role models, and nurturing a love for sport in young girls.
“Notable examples include Chelsea Women’s manager, Emma Hayes OBE who led the team to their historic win on the 50th anniversary of the women’s FA Cup. Dame Laura Kenny, the most decorated female Olympian of all time. Emma Raducanu MBE, the first British women’s Grand Slam champion for 44 years. Olympic Gold medallists, Kadeena Cox OBE, Kathleen Dawson MBE. And sports presenter Jill Douglas Hogg MBE. We are seeing women shine at all levels and in all areas of sport from broadcast to performance to leadership.
“Congratulations to all the women across the sector who have helped raise the game in 2021, we move into 2022 with renewed optimism and 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.”