Lewis Hamilton has been knighted in the New Year Honours list after another stellar year for the Formula One star.
Hamilton, 35, equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula One titles in 2020 and also surpassed the German’s record number of career race wins.
The Mercedes star was also voted the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year earlier this month.
Also, former Leeds Rhinos rugby league player Rob Burrow has been made an MBE.
Burrow, 38, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December last year. His MBE is in recognition of services to his sport but also to raising MND awareness during the coronavirus pandemic.
His former team-mate, current Leeds director of rugby Kevin Sinfield, ran seven marathons in seven days to raise funds for the MND Association on Burrow’s behalf, with the total now well over £2.5million.
Burrow said: ‘2020 has taught us all to appreciate the gifts we have and it is my honour and privilege to accept this award on behalf of all the MND community.
‘I hope it gives people hope that we are not ignored and the drive for more research and support to end MND will not stop.’
Also included in the list are former footballers Jimmy Greaves and Ron Flowers, who are the last surviving members of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad to be honoured. They have been made MBEs.
Bob Champion, who won the 1981 Grand National on Aldaniti while recovering from cancer, has been awarded a CBE for his charitable work at the Bob Champion Cancer Trust.
Barry Hearn, the chairman of the World Snooker Tour and the Professional Darts Corporation, has been awarded an OBE for services to sport, while the chairman of football’s National League Brian Barwick receives the same award. [UK Metro]