28 December 2019
Gabby Logan has been appointed an MBE in the New Year Honours list for services to sports broadcasting and promoting women in sport.
Gabby was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Sport Science by Leeds Beckett University in 2009, when she spoke about the need to provide more opportunities for young people to enjoy sport.
She also recalled how her training at Headingley Campus had laid the basis for her success as an international gymnast.
During her media career, the respected broadcaster has covered major sporting events including the 2012 London Olympics, Invictus Games and the London Marathon. She has also presented high-profile programmes such as Match of the Day, Sports Personality of the Year and Sport Relief.
Responding to her latest Honour, Gabby said on Twitter: “I am extremely proud and very chuffed to have been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. I have been so lucky to see close up the power sport has to entertain, inspire and change lives. I am so lucky my passion became my work.”
In a tradition dating back to at least 1890, The New Year Honours have been awarded at New Year with the full list published by the London Gazette on January 2. The list is part of the British honours system, with New Year's Day marked by naming new members of orders of chivalry and other official honours.
The awards are presented by or in the name of the Queen. Several Leeds Beckett University graduates have been honoured in the past:
- BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduate Sam Quek, who won gold for Team GB in the Women’s Hockey at the Rio Olympics, was awarded an MBE for services to entertainment and charity in 2017.
- Kadeena Cox, who graduated in 2013 with a BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, also received a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to athletics.
Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, said: “On behalf of all of our staff, students and Governors here at Leeds Beckett University, I would like to congratulate Gabby Logan on her Honour, and to say how proud we are to be associated with the tremendous contributions she has made to our society.”