GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken, and 2020 gold medallists, Lauren Price and Galal Yafai have been recognised in the New Years’ Honours List 2022.
McCracken, who was made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2012, has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) following the historic success of GB Boxing at Tokyo 2020 when Team GB’s boxers won six medals. Price and Yafai have been awarded MBEs following their gold medal success at the Games.
McCracken’s elevation to a CBE reflects more than a decade of unprecedented success as GB Boxing’s Performance Director which has seen men and women in the GB Boxing squad win 89 medals at 28 major competitions between November 2010 and August 2021. It includes 14 medals (six gold, four silver and four bronze) at three Olympic Games.
Price and Yafai’s MBEs are in recognition of their gold medal winning achievements at Tokyo 2020 when Great Britain’s boxers secured six medals. It was the best Olympic performance in 100 years by a group of boxers from Great Britain as the team won two gold, two silver and two bronze.
For Lauren Price, the honour capped an amazing year which also saw her named BBC Wales Sport Personality of the Year.
Price said: “For me it’s been a pretty special year. Winning Welsh Sports Personality of the Year and then having this to top the year off. It has been a year I will never forget. Winning Olympic gold will top everything, no matter what I go on to achieve.
“Being an Olympic champion has been a dream of mine since childhood, sitting in my living room with my nan and grandad at eight years of age and seeing Kelly Holmes win gold. It inspired me to be out every night of the week training or playing sport.
“All that work at that level is what has got me to where I am today. That and the support of my nan and grandad. I am getting the rewards now, getting an MBE from the Queen is special. Sometimes I need to pinch myself.”