World’s Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua and Liverpool Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish has been honoured with an OBE title in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The 67-year-old, who won the European Cup three times while playing for the Reds and later managed the club, and British-Nigerian boxer who is a proud holder of WBA, IBF and WBO titles was honored with the title for his services to boxing said he was “humbled but gratified”.
OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List are double Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold, footballer Jermain Defoe and former Liverpool footballer Kenny Dalglish among others.
In 2013, Joshua was rewarded with an MBE after winning an Olympic gold medal at the London 2012 Games.
In a statement by British Olympic Association chief executive Bill Sweeney, he hailed the recognition given to Yarnold Mike Hay and Anthony Joshua.
Dalglish won six league titles as a Liverpool player, scoring 172 goals in 515 appearances.
He became player-manager in 1985, and was on the touchline for their ill-fated FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989.
Ninety-six Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush in the away end of the ground.
Dalglish helped support the bereaved families and made sure the club was represented at the funerals of all 96 victims, attending many himself.
OBE for services to the Jermain Defoe Foundation coming just under a year after Bradley’s death, the sporting star said he felt both pride and sadness.
He said: “It’s obviously mixed emotions because obviously standing here (is) one of the proudest moments of my life, but at the same time remembering all the hurt.
Defoe, who said he felt “blessed and humbled” to get the honour, described it as his biggest achievement to date.
“It’s at the top because I feel like this is something completely different,” he said. “I am proud of it to be honest. It’s important to just give back and try and help others.”
“I can’t wait to tell Gemma, I think she is the first person I am going to tell to be honest and I know she will be happy, she will be proud,” he said.
British Olympic Association chief executive Bill Sweeney hailed the awards.
“In particular, Lizzy Yarnold and Anthony Joshua are great examples of athletes that were able to fulfil their not only their Olympic ambitions, but give so much back to their communities and country.
“As Chef de Mission, Mike Hay has presided over unprecedented consecutive Winter Games successes, bringing to bear his knowledge and experience in a highly competitive and unpredictable environment.