Married lesbian Olympians will also be honored by the Queen

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Kate Richardson-Walsh of Great Britain holds the flag after being named closing ceremony flagbearer for Team GB on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh were mentioned in the Queen’s New Year Honor list. Kate Richardson-Walsh, team captain, is to receive an OBE, while her wife gets an MBE. The hockey players became the first married couple to play together on the same team at the Olympics.“I am hugely honoured to receive an OBE, and for the team and our sport to be recognised in this way is huge,” said Kate finding out about the award which she and her wife are going to receive, “As a squad, we want hockey to be accessible and available to everyone, and we will continue to make this our mission. Rio was a team effort and a testament to Head Coach Danny Kerry and the magnificent support team. Of course none of what we achieved would have been possible without the staff and the squad of 31 working together. There are so many contributors to the team’s success, and I would like to mention our army of passionate volunteers who help the sport to thrive because without them we would not be receiving this honour. Let us keep working together in the year ahead to make our wonderful sport go from strength to strength.”

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