Double Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold, who is part of the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association’s training group based at the University of Bath, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Yarnold’s OBE, is in recognition of becoming the first British athlete to defend a Winter Olympic title after winning skeleton gold at PyeongChang 2018 and Sochi 2014.
In doing so, Yarnold became the nation’s most successful winter athlete of all time and is the only Team GB athlete to win two Winter Olympic golds.
World Heavyweight Champion boxer Anthony Joshua was also awarded an OBE as was Team GB’s Pyeongchang Chef de Mission, Mike Hay prompting Sir Hugh Robertson, Chairman of the BOA said: “Many congratulations to everyone involved in the British Olympic movement who has been honoured today.
“Both Anthony Joshua and Lizzy Yarnold’s athletic achievements speak for themselves and both have acted as role models and inspirational figures for young people across the country”.
British Skeleton’s Performacne Director, Andi Schmid, said: “Everyone at Brisith Skeleton is delighted to see Lizzy honoured in such a special way”.
Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath said: “Lizzy is held in high regard by her peers and her competitors and has put a lot of effort into encouraging the next generation through school talks and visits. She is a fantastic role model. Congratulations to Lizzy from everyone at Team Bath on this honour”.