Andy Murray, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill will lead the New Year’s Honours List.
Murray, the double Olympic gold medallist, double Wimbledon champion, one-time US Open champion and current world number one claimed his third Sports Personality Of The Year accolade recently, and will receive a knighthood, along with long distance runner and multiple gold Olympic champion Mo Farah, who has two 5,000 metre Olympic golds and two 10,000 metre Olympic golds to his name.
Only recently Murray joked around when asked about the prospect of a knighthood: “I don’t know, I feel too young for something like that. I am still young and there are still a lot of things that can go wrong. I could still mess up and make mistakes.”
Not only was he given a knighthood for Services to Sport, but also for his charity work with Unicef, World Wide Fund for Nature, Malaria No More and the Duke of Cambridge’s United for Wildlife initiative. He’s also the second youngest person to ever receive a knighthood or damehood after Dame Ellen MacArthur.
Somalian-born 33-year-old Farah stated of his award: “I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight. Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today – it’s a dream come true.
“I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to race for my country and win gold medals for the British people, who have been my biggest supporters throughout my career. My successes have only been possible because of their support.”
2016 was a good year for British sport long may it continue.