Six-time Paralympic champion Smyth obtains MBE


Irish Paralympian Jason Smyth received an MBE in Britain’s New Year’s Honors list for winning his historic sixth gold in the 100m final in Tokyo.

e Derryman, who won medals at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, London and Rio, finished with a season record 10.53 seconds to claim her victory.

Ian Marshall, the first Unionist politician elected to the Seanad, was also recognized, receiving an OBE.

The Queen also knighted former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The longest-serving Labor Prime Minister said it was a “huge honor” to have been named a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Britain’s oldest and longest standing order of chivalry, to which appointments are made by the queen without notice. of the government.

James Bond star Daniel Craig has been named a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George – the same honor bestowed on his alter-ego, 007.

The actor was recognized for his film and theater services in New Year’s Honors for his distinguished career in which he played the role of the world’s most famous secret agent for a series of five films. .

Craig (53) made his last outing as 007 last year with the highly anticipated release of No time to die, which achieved box office success.

The actor took on the role of British spy in the years 2006 Casino Royale and set the tone with a more gritty, darker portrayal.

He also played Bond in the 2008s Quantum of comfort, 2012 Fall from the sky and 2015 Spectrum.

Following several delays imposed by the pandemic, his swan song in No time to die premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in London in September.

England Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Professor Chris Whitty, Deputy CMO Jonathan Van-Tam and Wales and Scotland CMOs Frank Atherton and Dr Gregor Smith have all been named Knights.

Teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu added another title after winning the US Open in September because she can now say she is an MBE.