Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold, who trains at the University of Bath, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Yarnold, 25, won her gold medal during her stunning skeleton performances at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in February.
She said: “It is such an amazing honour to be awarded an MBE – I never expected it – it is a weird feeling when you open the envelope from Buckingham Palace and read that you have been given one.”
“I feel so privileged and want to thank all those who helped me win in Sochi – my friends, family, coaches, support team and all those people who cheered me on from the UK – without their support none of this would have been possible so thanks so much.”
A number of Bath residents were also honoured in the lists, published yesterday evening.
These include Henry Brown, the former chairman of the Federation of Bath Residents’ Associations (FoBRA) who stepped down from the post in May. He was awarded a British Empire Medal for his services to the community.
Keith Woodley was given an OBE for services to Higher Education, Stephen Egan receives a CBE and Jacqueline Buffton, who is the Vice Chair of Governors at the City of Bath College was given an MBE.
Patrick Woodroffe, a lighting designer, was also awarded an OBE for his services to the Arts.
Andrew Brownsword, who was previously involved with Bath Rugby, receives a CBE for charitable services to the Arts, Heritage and Health in Bath and South West England.