Heather Stanning, right, and her rowing partner Helen Glover, left, became Great Britain's first female rowers to win back-to-back Olympic golds when they retained the coxless pairs title in Rio de Janeiro ©Getty Images

Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower Heather Stanning is among those to be recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Stanning, who retired last year, has been appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to her sport. 

She and partner Helen Glover became Great Britain’s first female rowers to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals when they successfully defended the coxless pairs title at Rio 2016.

The 32-year-old went unbeaten in 39 races with Glover between their two Olympic triumphs.

That run stretched back to 2011 and included two world and two European titles.

Stanning, who was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List, is a graduate of the British Rowing Start programme, the ground-breaking talent identification and development initiative which unearthed both her and Glover.

Others appointed OBEs include Judy Murray, the mother of world number one men’s tennis player Andy, who received a knighthood in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Murray has worked to grow tennis across Britain and has been recognised for services to tennis, women in sport and charity.

She served as Britain’s Fed Cup coach from 2011 to 2016 and also mentored Davis Cup captain Leon Smith.

Ireland’s rugby union captain Rory Best and former England coach Dick Greenwood will also become OBEs along with British swimming coach Bill Furniss, former England Hockey chair Philip Kimberley and Angus Disability Sport’s development officer Laura Smith.

Kimberley acted as chairman of England Hockey from 2002 to 2015, leading a complete re-build of the organisation from a position of bankruptcy.

Under his stewardship, the organisation set on the road to its highest-ever participation figures.

It was also awarded the right to host major events, including the 2018 Women’s World Cup, and also won medals in all of the sport’s major international tournaments. 

Hockey coach Danny Kerry, who led Great Britain's women's team to Olympic gold at Rio 2016, has been made a MBE ©England Hockey
Hockey coach Danny Kerry, who led Great Britain's women's team to Olympic gold at Rio 2016, has been made a MBE ©England Hockey

The man who led Britain's women's hockey team to Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro last year, Danny Kerry, has been named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Under his stewardship, the England team also won top honours at the 2015 EuroHockey Championships, silver at both the Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy, and bronze at the London 2012 Olympics.

"I am absolutely delighted that both Philip and Danny have been recognised in this manner," England Hockey chief executive Sally Munday said.

"Everyone at Great Britain and England Hockey is already fully aware of their contribution to the sport, and it is only right that their achievements are recognised publicly.

"Philip deserves huge credit for the role he played in completely revitalising the organisation and picking it up from what can best be described as rock bottom.

"The governing body was on its knees and he set the pathway for a complete recovery, both operationally, financially and from an international performance perspective.

"He does not seek personal accolades and is humble in the receipt of compliments, but he is hugely deserving of his OBE.

"Danny is also hugely deserving of an MBE for his incredible contribution to the sport.

"Both he and his athletes captured a nation with their success on the pitch in Rio, but also with the culture he created, of inspiring the future and leaving a true legacy for the sport.

"Without these two gentlemen, hockey in this country would be completely different, and for that reason I am delighted with this news."

Others appointed MBEs include Northern Ireland football captain Steven Davis, former Britain rugby league coach Brian Noble and boxer John Conteh.

Sport England chief executive Jennie Price, meanwhile, has become a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

"For the past 10 years, Jennie has headed our work to protect, nurture and develop community sport," Sport England said in a statement.

"This honour is a recognition of not only her personal success, but also the importance of sport and activity in the life and health of millions of people across the country."