Helen Housby MBE
Helen has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours.
The 28-year-old shooter, who made her debut for the Vitality Roses in 2014, has been recognised for her services to netball.
Helen was named Player of the Tournament at the Netball World Cup 2023 as she helped England make history in reaching their first-ever final finishing as runners-up to Australia.
The Vitality Roses’ on-court heroics in the summer, which captured the attention of 3.5 million viewers through BBC and Sky Sports, led to interest in participation to soar with 150,000 ‘Netball Finder’ users online on the England Netball website.
Extremely humbled to be awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List 🎖️ Thankful for my journey so far + for everyone who’s played their part in it. But yes you will have to curtsy to me from now on
Also – I know I’ve been around a while but I’m not actually retired just yet 🤣 pic.twitter.com/bCi2Wbk8zM
— Helen Housby MBE (@Helenhousby1) December 30, 2023
It wasn’t the first time Helen had written her name into the history book and helped inspire the nation – her last-gasp winning goal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games saw England take the gold against favourites Australia in their own backyard and led to over 100,000 women starting to play netball in the UK.
Helen will be back in action for the Vitality Roses in January at the Vitality Netball Nations Cup against Australia, New Zealand and Uganda. Tickets are still available for both London (20 and 21 January) and Leeds (27 and 28 January) – buy yours here.
Jean Carol Davies, Chair and Coach at Saints Netball Club, has also been recognised in the New Year Honours, receiving a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to netball and the community in Cornwall.