Hinch and Earps named in King’s Honours list

Maddie Hinch alongside Prof Nick Jennings

Maddie Hinch collects her Loughborough Sport Hall of Fame award from Professor Nick Jennings.

Loughborough University alumnae sporting stars Maddie Hinch and Mary Earps have both been named in the latest King’s New Year Honours list.

Mary Earps holding an honorary degree case
Mary Earps was awarded an honorary degree from Loughborough University in December,

Recently inducted into our Loughborough Sport Hall of Fame, alumna Maddie Hinch is awarded an OBE for services to Hockey.

Following her retirement from the international game last year, the Olympic gold-medal-winning goalkeeper is uplifted from MBE. Maddie has over 180 caps for England and GB Hockey and during her international career made many impressive saves – including penalties at the Olympics – that helped her, and her teammates take home Olympic Gold and Bronze medals at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, respectively. Maddie has been a firm fan-favourite for many years and was voted World’s Best Female Goalkeeper on three occasions.

She graduated with a degree in Sports Science in 2013 and the University recognised her with an Honorary Doctorate in 2018.

Adding to her incredible array of achievements, Lioness Mary Earps receives an MBE for services to Association Football. As goalkeeper for England, Mary played every minute of all six games when the Lionesses won the UEFA Women’s European Championships in 2022.

She was named the best goalkeeper at the World Cup last year and awarded the Golden Glove accolade. She was also crowned The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper 2022 at The Best FIFA Football Awards, and made history at the Ballon D’or awards by finishing fifth in the Feminin Award, the highest ever ranking for a goalkeeper. Domestically, she plays in the Women’s Super League for Manchester United, where she has made more than 80 appearances.

The recently crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University in December 2023. She graduated from Loughborough in 2016 with a degree in Information Management and Business Studies.

For the full list of Loughborough University connected King’s Honours recipients, see the full news story below: