Shane Warne has been posthumously recognized on this year’s Queen’s Birthday Roll of Honor, with the cricketing great becoming an Officer of the Order of Australia.
The former Test spinner, who died of a heart attack in March, was joined by retired former No. 1 tennis player, Ash Barty, who was honored with an AO, while current national women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning received an accolade. AM, a Member of the Order of Australia.
Jakara Anthony, the only gold medalist from Australia’s Winter Olympics at this year’s Beijing Games, was recognized with an OAM, a medal of the Order of Australia.
Warne, whose sudden death in Thailand sparked a torrent of national grief, a torrent of tributes and a state memorial at the MCG, which now has a booth bearing his name, was one of 992 Australians to receive awards on Sunday night.
He has been honored for his distinguished service to cricket as a player, role model and commentator, to the community through charitable initiatives and for philanthropic contributions.
Warne was one of Australia’s greatest cricketers, taking 708 wickets in a 15-year Test career. In 2012, he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and in 2000 he was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Century.
His work off the field was equally wonderful; he founded the Shane Warne Foundation in 2004 and has been a supporter and benefactor of numerous other charities and conservation organizations, including My Room Children’s Cancer Charity and the Elton John Aids Foundation.
Barty, who stunned the tennis world earlier this year when she announced her retirement at age 25, was awarded her AO for outstanding service to elite-level tennis and youth development programs.
The Queenslander ended her career in March when she was at the pinnacle of the game – she was the world No. 1 since 2019 and earlier this year added the Australian Open crown to her grand slam collection, which also the French Open and Wimbledon singles and US Open women’s doubles titles.
A proud Ngarigo woman, Barty has been Tennis Australia’s National Indigenous Ambassador since 2018 and was voted Young Australian of the Year in 2020. She also won Australian tennis’s top honour, the Newcombe Medal, four times between 2017 and 2021.
Lanning, captain of the Australian Test, ODI and T20 teams since 2014, has been recognized for her “significant service” to elite-level women’s cricket. She has amassed over 8,500 runs to date, including 14 ODI and two T20I centuries, as she led a remarkably successful team to two World Cups and four World Twenty20 titles, including the most recent edition.
Earlier this year, she was also responsible for a comprehensive Women’s Ashes series win over England. The 30-year-old has won the Belinda Clark Medal as Australia’s leading women’s cricketer three times and was an inaugural recipient of the 2014 Wisden Award for Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
Continuing the tradition of honoring Olympic gold medalists, freestyle skier Anthony was recognized for her triumph in the freestyle moguls at the Beijing Winter Games, where she was the only Australian to win gold.
Doug Walters, another former Test cricketer and celebrity, was awarded an AM along with former golfer Sandra McCaw, the only woman to win the Australian Women’s Amateur Golf Championship four times between 1972 and 1984.