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Queenslanders recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

12 June 2020

Queensland’s Simon Patmore (para snowboarding), Renita Garard (hockey) and Miles Stewart (triathlon) have been recognised for their achievements and commitment to sport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Paralympic Gold medallist, Simon Patmore, was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) following his history-making performance in the men’s Snowboard Cross at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeong Chang. Simon’s victory signified Australia’s first gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in 16 years.

His achievement also saw him named as the first Australian male to secure a medal at both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.

Dual Olympic gold medallist, Renita Garard, was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of her impressive career both on and off the hockey field.

Garard debuted for the Hockeyroos in 1994 and went on to claim gold at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She also served in the role of Director of Hockey Australia from 2000 to 2012. During this time, she was also a Member of the International Hockey Federation’s Executive Board and chaired the Athletes’ Committee. More recently, Garard was appointed as a Board Member for the Queensland Rugby League.

Garard’s dominance on the hockey field was recognised in her naming as one of the Queensland Academy of Sport’s Top Ten Athletes of the Decade from 1991-2001.

Former triathlon World Champion, Miles Stewart, was also honoured for his commitment and contribution to sport and granted an Order of Australia Medal (OAM).

At just 20 years of age, Stewart became the youngest triathlete to ever be crowned World Champion.

Throughout his elite career, Stewart made three podium appearances at the World Championships, claimed a number of World Cup titles, finished 6th at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and secured a silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Following his retirement in 2005, Stewart served as a Board Member for the national sporting body and was appointed as CEO in 2015.

Congratulations Simon, Renita and Miles! Your achievements, commitment and contribution to sport is truly inspiring and deserving of such a prestigious accolade.

Last updated
12 June 2020