Ashleigh Barty receives Order of Australia on Queen’s Birthday Honors List
Retired tennis star Ashleigh Barty is among a group of sporting luminaries recognized in Sunday’s Queen’s Birthday Honors List, along with the Queensland native named Order (AO) of Australia.
The late cricket great Shane Warne, women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning, men’s cricket larrikin Doug Walters and golfer Adam Scott are among other celebrated sports personalities appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia.
Barty’s response to his honor was true to his renowned selflessness.
“There are so many Australians doing wonderful things for our country,” she said. “And I want to congratulate all of the other recipients for being recognized for their contributions.”
Barty’s AO follows his other AO triumph, winning the Australian Open singles title in January. Within two months of that legendary victory – his third major singles title – Barty stunned the sports world by retiring.
The 26-year-old said she no longer has the mental or physical will to continue her reign as world No. Nonetheless, Barty remains happy with her decision and she hopes her latest honor and esteemed career will inspire others.
“I am a very proud Australian and representing my country to the best of my ability has always been my priority,” she said. “On a personal level, I always try to uphold Australian values - being humble, respectful, kind and caring for others.
“I hope to continue my contribution to our country, focusing on providing young people with sporting and educational opportunities and inspiring all young children to pursue their dreams.”