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Mark England and Penny Briscoe – the two individuals who oversaw Team GB and ParalympicsGB’s success at the Rio 2016 Olympics – have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.

England and Briscoe, who were respectively the chef de mission for Team GB and ParalympicsGB, were awarded OBEs as personalities from the world of sport racked up 119 honours.

Both Tim Reddish (chair) and Tim Hollingsworth (chief executive) of the British Paralympic Association received awards, with the former becoming a CBE. Hollingsworth was awarded an OBE.

Elsewhere, Sir Roger Bannister – the man who ran the first four-minute mile – became a Companion of Honour.

To cap an exceptional year, in which he won Wimbledon and became world number one, Andy Murray was knighted, as were Mo Farah and Lee Pearson. Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katherine Grainger became dames.

Several of athletes who helped Team GB and ParalympicsGB reach 67 and 147 medals in Rio respectively made up a significant chunk of the list.

Laura and Jason Kenny (both CBE), Karen Darke, Adam Peaty and Max Whitlock (all MBE) were among those honoured.

“I am delighted to see our sporting leaders, support staff and coaches honoured alongside our athletes to acknowledge their commitment to excellence in everything they did to support the delivery of medal success in Rio,” said UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl.


UK Sport funded athletes

Knighthood (2)

Mo Farah Athletics

Lee Pearson Para-equestrian

Damehood (2)

Jess Ennis Hill Athletics

Katherine Grainger Rowing

CBE (6)

Sophie Christiansen Para-equestrian

Charlotte Dujardin Equestrian

Jason Kenny Cycling

Laura Kenny Cycling

Sascha Kindred Para-swimming

Nick Skelton Equestrian

OBE (7)

Nicola Adams Boxing

Ed Clancy Cycling

Jody Cundy Para-cycling

Anne Dunham Para-equestrian

Pete Reed Rowing

Kate Richardson Walsh Hockey

Andrew Triggs Hodge Rowing

MBE (72)

Giselle Ansley Hockey

Katie Archibald Cycling

Elinor Barker Cycling

Stephen Bate Para-cycling

Will Bailey Para-table tennis

Paul Bennett Rowing

Paul Blake Para-athletics

Sophie Bray Hockey

Daniel Brown Para-rowing

Joanna Butterfield Para-athletics

Jon Allen Butterworth Para-cycling

Claire Cashmore Para-swimming

Jeanette Chippington Para-canoe

Saskia Clark Sailing

Joe Clarke Canoeing

Libby Clegg Para-athletics

Grace Clough Para-rowing

Kadeena Cox Para-athletics

Crista Cullen Hockey

Alex Danson Hockey

Karen Darke Para-triathlon

Rob Davies Para-table tennis

Anne Dickins Para-canoe

Owain Doull Cycling

Adam Duggleby Para-cycling

Scott Durant Rowing

Lora Fachie Para-cycling

Bethany Firth Para-swimming

James Fox Para-Rowing

Joanna Frith Para-archery

Megan Giglia Para-cycling

Matt Gotrel Rowing

Sophie Hahn Para-athletics

Corrine Hall Para-cycling

Liam Heath Canoeing

Georgie Hermitage Para-athletics

Phelan Hill Rowing

Maddie Hinch Hockey

Oliver James Para-rowing

Michael Jones Para-swimming

Matt Langridge Rowing

Jack Laugher Diving

Andrew Lewis Para-triathlon

Constatntine Louloudis Rowing

Hannah Macleod Hockey

Shona McCallin Hockey

Chris Mears Diving

Hannah Mills Sailing

Steph Millward Para-swimming

Aaron Moores Para-swimming

Rachel Morris Para-rowing

George Nash Rowing

Lily Owsley Hockey

Adam Peaty Swimming

Sam Quek Hockey

Tom Ransley Rowing

Gordon Reid Wheelchair Tennis

Helen Richardson Walsh Hockey

Ellie Robinson Para-swimming

Susie Rodgers Para-swimming

Louis Rolfe Para-cycling

Lauren Rowles Para-rowing

Will Satch Rowing

Mo Sbihi Rowing

Giles Scott Sailing

Helen Scott Para-cycling

Steph Slater Para-swimming

David Smith Boccia

Jess Stretton Para-archery

Alice Tai Para-Swimming

Sophie Thornhill Para-cycling

Susannah Townsend Hockey

Georgie Twigg Hockey

Laura Unsworth Hockey

John Walker Para-archery

Hollie Webb Hockey

Nicola White Hockey

Laurence Whiteley Rowing

Max Whitlock Gymnastics

Emma Wiggs Para-canoe

Matthew Wylie Para-swimming


Companion of Honour (CH)

Sir Roger Bannister Athletics


Andy Murray Tennis


Tim Reddish ParalympicsGB


Penny Briscoe Paralympics GB

Michael Cavanagh Commonwealth Games Scotland

Chris Coleman Welsh Football

Mark England Team GB

Tim Hollingsworth ParalympicsGB

Alison Kervin Sport Editor Mail on Sunday


Jonathan Agnew BBC

Karen Carney Football

Paul Ford Team GB

Jo Manning Cooper RFU

Sian Ellis Football (ref)

Jonathan Norfolk Para-cycling

Martin O’Neil Football

Hilary Philbin Fencing

Alex Scott Football

Eddie Van Hoof Gymnastics

Ian Walker Sailing

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