New Year’s honors: Welsh Olympic and Paralympic winners recognized


Hannah Mills (left), Aled Sion Davies, Lauren Price and David Smith (right) celebrate their Olympic and Paralympic gold medals in Tokyo

Sailor Hannah Mills, athlete Aled Sion Davies, boccia player David Smith and boxer Lauren Price have been recognized in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors list.

The quartet won Olympic or Paralympic gold in 2021, with Mills, Davies and Smith named OBEs having already received MBEs.

Price gets an MBE after becoming Wales’ first Olympic boxing gold medalist.

Other Tokyo 2020 gold medalists Matthew Richards, Calum Jarvis, Laura Sugar and Jim Roberts receive MBEs.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Hannah Mills, 33, has been recognized for its services to sailing and the environment.

After carrying the GB team flag at the opening ceremony, Mills became the most successful Olympic sailor of all time when she successfully defended her 470 title alongside teammate Eilidh McIntyre. She also became Wales’ most successful Olympian.

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It was a second success for Mills after her previous gold at Rio 2016 and silver at London 2012 with Saskia Clark.

Mills, who announced his Olympic retirement in December, also launched in 2019 an initiative to eradicate single-use plastic in sport.

Triple Paralympic Champion Aled Sion Davies was noted for its services to athletics.

Davies, 30, won gold in his third straight game with an F63 shot put success at Tokyo 2020 delayed by a year due to the pandemic.

He won gold in the F42 disc at London 2012, but the event was omitted from Rio four years later, where he won the shot put title.

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Based in Swansea David smith made boccia history by retaining his individual BC1 title and in doing so confirmed his status as Britain’s most successful boccia player.

Smith, 32, now has five Paralympic medals and carried the Great Britain flag at the closing ceremony.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Lauren Prize won middleweight gold on the final day of the Olympics, which saw her become Wales’ first boxing champion – male or female – in Games history.

Price, 27, has announced plans to turn pro in 2022.

There was also a story in the swimming pool in Japan as Wales won their first swimming gold in over a century.

It was won by not one but two Welsh as Matthieu richards and Calum Jarvis were part of the winning team in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay. The duo are recognized for their swimming services.

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Richards also became Wales’ youngest Olympic champion at the age of 18, a record previously held by Jade Jones after winning taekwondo gold at 19 in London 2012.

A Welsh contingent of 21 athletes won 14 impressive medals at the Paralympic Games.

by Welshpool Jim roberts won the first gold as the 33-year-old helped Britain win a historic wheelchair rugby title – the first European nation to do so. Roberts, who announced his retirement in December, the 34-year-old was recognized for his services in wheelchair rugby.

Laura Sucre competed in para-athletics at Rio 2016, but switched to para-canoeing for Tokyo and set a new Paralympic best en route to gold in the women’s 200m kayak (KL3). Sugar, 30, has been recognized for her canoe service.

Simon lee, the general manager of the Civil Service Sports Council group, originally from Crickhowell, was also appointed MBE.


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