Rio 2016 heroes recognised in New Year Honours List

31 December 2016

A number of Olympic and Paralympic heroes in swimming and diving were recognised in the New Year Honours List 2017 for their outstanding contributions to their sports.

Included in the list was Rio 2016 50m Butterfly gold medallist, Elle Robinson. Although only 15 at the time, Robinson made an incredible Paralympic debut, beating her childhood hero Ellie Simmonds to become a Paralympic champion. Robinson was also crowned BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2016.

Adam Peaty also makes an appearance on the list, having won Britain’s first Olympic swimming gold medal in almost three decades. Peaty was crowned champion in the 100m Breaststroke, and delivered two world records in the process. The first came in the heats and the second during his gold medal swim.

The gold medal winning Paralympic relay team members, Alice Tai, Claire Cashmore, Stephanie Millward and Steph Slater were also recognised for their achievement in Rio. The four swimmers set a new world record in the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay (34 pts).

History-making diving duo, Jack Laugher and Chris Mears, were the only athletes to be recognised from the diving community. The two divers secured Britain’s first ever diving gold medal at an Olympic Games, winning the Men’s 3m Synchronised Springboard event at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

  • Click here to see the full New Year honours list for 2017.

Congratulations to all of the tremendous sporting heroes from a very successful summer of sport who were recognised in the Honours list, with a special mention to those from the sport and aquatics community who have been awarded the following:

Order of the British Empire

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Sascha Kindred, Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • Tim Reddish, Chair, British Paralympic Association - services to sport

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Claire Cashmore, Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • ​Jody Cundy - services to cycling and swimming (Greater Manchester)

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • Bethany Firth, triple Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • Michael Jones, Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • Stephanie Millward, Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • Aaron Moores, Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • Helen Murray – services to swimming in Scotland
  • Adam Peaty, Olympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • Ellie Robinson, Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • Suzie Rodgers, Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • Hannah Russell, double Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • Steph Slater, Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • Alice Tai, Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • Sue Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Association for Physical Education - services to education 
  • Matt Wylie, Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to swimming
  • Jack Laugher, Olympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to diving
  • Chris Mears, Olympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 – services to diving

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (British Empire Medal)

  • Jean Holland, life president of Poole Swimming Club – services to swimming in Dorset
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