Shane Warne has been posthumously included in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honors List, with the cricketing great becoming an Officer of the Order of Australia.
The former Test spinner, who died of a heart attack in March, joins the retired former world No. 1 tennis player, ash bartyWhile being awarded an AO, the current women’s national cricket captain, Meg Lanning, was awarded an AM, a member of the Order of Australia.
At this year’s Games in Beijing, Australia’s only Winter Olympic gold medalist, Zakara Anthony, was recognized with the OAM, Medal of the Order of Australia.
Warne, whose sudden death in Thailand inspired national mourning, a stream of tribute And A State Memorial Service at the MCGwho now features a stand with his name, was one of 992 Australians to receive the award on Sunday night.
He was honored for his distinguished service to cricket as a player, role model and commentator, to the community through charitable initiatives, and to philanthropic contributions.
Warne was one of Australia’s greatest cricketers, taking 708 wickets in a Test career spanning 15 years. He was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2012 and was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Century in 2000.
His work off the pitch was equally prodigious; He founded the Shane Warne Foundation in 2004 and was a supporter and donor to many other charitable and conservation organizations, including the My Room Children’s Cancer Charity and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Barty, who stunned the tennis world earlier this year announced retirement at the age of 25He was awarded the AO for distinguished service in tennis and youth development programs at a distinguished level.
The Queenslander took time off for her career in March while at the pinnacle of the game – she was Number 1 in the world since 2019 And earlier this year added the Australian Open crown to her Grand Slam collection, which also includes French Open and Wimbledon singles and US Open women’s doubles titles.
Barty, a proud Ngarigo woman, has been Tennis Australia’s National Indigenous Ambassador since 2018 and was voted Young Australian of the Year in 2020. She also won Australian tennis’s highest honour, the Newcomb Medal, four times between 2017 and 2021.
Lanning, who captained Australia’s Test, ODI and T20 teams since 2014, was recognized for her “significant service” to women’s cricket at the elite level. He has scored over 8,500 runs so far, including 14 ODI and two T20I centuries, while leading a remarkably successful team to two World Cup and four World Twenty20 titles, including the most recent edition.
Earlier this year, she also saw a comprehensive Women’s Ashes series win over England. The 30-year-old has won the Belinda Clark Medal three times as Australia’s leading female cricketer, and was the inaugural recipient of the Wisden Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in 2014.
Continuing the tradition of honoring Olympic gold medalists, freestyle skier Anthony was recognized for her victory over freestyle moguls at the Winter Games in Beijing, where she was the only Australian to win gold.
Another former Test cricketer and Hall of Famer, Doug Walters was awarded the AM along with former golfer Sandra McCaw, who was the only woman to win the Australian Women’s Amateur Golf Championship on four occasions between 1972 and 1984.
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