Posted: Fri 27th Dec 2019

Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones receives OBE in the New Year Honours

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This article is old - Published: Friday, Dec 27th, 2019


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Double Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours.

Jade’s OBE – Order of the British Empire – has been awarded for her services to taekwondo and sport.

The Flint golden girl secured the first world title of her career with gold at the World Taekwondo Championships in May, beating arch-rival Lee Ah-reum.

As well as her World Championships success, Jones also took gold at the Sofia Open and a silver at the Belgian Open this year.

The 26 year old Flintshire fighter will be looking to write her name into the history books at next year’s Tokyo Games when she could become the first taekwondo athlete to claim three Olympic golds in three separate Games.

Jade shot to national fame during London 2012 when she won in the -57kg women’s category in taekwondo becoming Team GB’s youngest champion of the games at the age of 19.

She won the public vote for the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2012 and was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to taekwondo.

In a recent interview Jade said:

“This year’s been so special for me because I’d never actually won a world title before. 

Being double Olympic champion and just missing out quite a few times was quite hard to take.

To do it in Manchester, on home soil with all my family and friends watching, it was just amazing to finally be able to call myself a world champion.

I’ve ticked everything off the taekwondo list now – world, European, Olympic – no matter what happens now, I feel I can retire proud that I did everything.” 

Welsh Secretary Simon Hart said:

“Jade has become one of the best known sporting personalities of the decade since her triumphs at the London and Rio Olympic Games.

She is an inspiration not only within taekwondo but to all hopeful athletes due to her discipline and dedication. A commitment that has allowed her to bounce back from adversity and secure some of her sport’s greatest titles, including most recently her first World Championships.

Congratulations Jade on your momentous achievement.”

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