Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Jessica Ennis appointed CBE in New Year Honours list

Jessica Ennis celebrates winning the Heptathlon, after the 800m event during day eight of the London Olympic Games
Image caption Olympic gold medallists, including Ennis, have been honoured by the Queen

London 2012 heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis is among people from South Yorkshire recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Ennis has been appointed CBE for services to athletics.

London 2012 chief Lord Coe, who grew up in Sheffield, has joined the exclusive Order of the Companion of Honour, which is restricted to 65 members.

Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, who was born in Sheffield, has received a knighthood.

Sir Bernard started his career with South Yorkshire Police in 1979.

Boxing centre

Prof Keith Burnett, vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, has received a knighthood for services to science and higher education.

Ennis, 26, who is from Sheffield, won heptathlon gold at the 2012 Games. She ran a personal best of 12.54 seconds in the 100m hurdles on the first morning of competition, the fastest time in heptathlon history.

Lord Coe led the successful bid to host the Olympics and oversaw the Games as chairman of organisers Locog.

The Order of the Companions of Honour was instituted in 1917 and is conferred on men and women for recognised services of national importance.

Other people from the county recognised in the list include:

  • Michael Roy Mottram, equipment officer for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, appointed MBE for services to local government
  • Glyn Rhodes, founder of Sheffield Boxing Centre, appointed MBE for services to boxing and young people
  • Helen Ruth Kirk, campaigner and volunteers for Thorne and Hatfield Moors, awarded the British Empire Medal for services to conservation
  • Natasha Pearson, PE teacher at Balby Carr Sports and Science College, awarded the British Empire Medal for services to education and for voluntary service to children with disabilities

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