By CALUM McCAFFERY
As spectacular as 2016 has been for world tennis number one Andy Murray many, including the man himself, believe that talk of a knighthood is premature. If Murray were to receive the honour he would be one of the youngest sportspeople in history to receive Great Britain’s highest honour. With that being said here are six of the youngest sport stars to receive a Knighthood or Damehood.
Sarah Storey (36)
Paralympian Storey was awarded the title of Dame back in 2013 for her services to sport. She began her career as a swimmer back in 1992 in Barcelona where she won two gold medals, three silvers and a bronze. She would swim in three more Paralympics before switching to cycling in 2005 due to a persisting ear infection. She went on to win another nine Paralympic medals in cycling making her the most successful British female Paralympian of all time.
Matthew Pinsent (35)
The Rower received his Knighthood back in 2005 after an outstanding career in the sport where he won four Olympic gold medals and 10 World Championship medals. Pinsent at one point recorded the largest lung capacity for a sportsman at 8.5 litres, a feat that has since been surpassed.
Kelly Holmes (35)
Dame Kelly Holmes’ story is one that resonated with many of the British public. After injuring herself in 2003 while training for the Athens Olympics she was diagnosed with clinical depression and spoke about how she self-harmed during a dark time in her life. She bounced back however and went on to win two gold medals at the Athens Olympics.
Bradley Wiggins (33)
Wiggins was given his Knighthood back in 2013 for his services to cycling. He won a record-breaking eight Olympic gold medals throughout his career and had a distinguished career in road racing as well. He retired from racing after his final Olympic gold medal race in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Chris Hoy (33)
Scotland’s most famous cyclist was awarded his Knighthood back in 2009 after his accomplishments in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He ended up winning six Olympic golds in total, as well as 10 world championship medals. He was also awarded the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2008, becoming only the second cyclist to do so at the time.
Ellen MacArthur (29)
Dame Ellen MacArthur earned her Damehood back in 2005 at the age of 29, making her the youngest woman ever to receive the honour after she broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the world with a time of 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes 33 seconds a feat which gained her international renown.