Eve Muirhead mirrored on a outstanding change in fortunes after concluding the best season of her profession by being upgraded to an OBE within the Queen’s Birthday Honours checklist.
The 32-year-old had regarded set to overlook out on a spot on the Beijing Winter Olympics after making a poor begin within the last qualification match in Holland in December.
However a rare shift in momentum noticed Muirhead’s workforce flip their marketing campaign round, occurring to comb to gold in Beijing earlier than Muirhead teamed up with Bobby Lammie to additionally declare the world combined doubles crown in April.
Muirhead will get an OBE so as to add to the MBE she acquired in 2020, whereas team-mates Vicky Wright, Jennifer Dodds, Hailey Duff and Mili Smith, and head coach David Murdoch, every obtain an MBE, all for companies to curling.
“There have been occasions throughout this season that I might by no means have thought what I managed to go on and obtain was attainable,” Muirhead advised the PA information company.
“It simply goes to point out that the workforce round me by no means offers up and you could accomplish something in case you set your thoughts to it.
“I’m completely delighted to be sharing this honour with my team-mates, as a result of with out them there’s no means I may have been on this place.”
Muirhead is at present taking a brief break from the game to think about her choices. The following date in her diary is a summer season journey to Buckingham Palace to obtain the MBE, which was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“After Beijing issues did begin to really feel completely different, realizing I’d achieved one thing I’d all the time dreamed of,” Muirhead added. “I’m taking advantage of slightly break and I haven’t thought an excessive amount of in regards to the future simply but.
“However I can’t see myself stepping away from curling – it has been such an enormous a part of my life.”
Murdoch, who gained an Olympic silver medal in Sochi in 2014 earlier than having fun with double success as head coach of the GB curling squads this 12 months, spoke of the “unimaginable honour and privilege” of receiving an MBE.
The 44-year-old, who additionally steered the GB males’s workforce to a silver medal within the Chinese language capital, mentioned: “It’s one thing you by no means take into consideration.
“Once I began curling in Lockerbie within the Eighties, curling wasn’t even an Olympic sport – it had no future as knowledgeable sport. So, bearing all that in thoughts, this sort of honour of out of this world.
“It has been an especially satisfying 12 months. Once I took the job it was very a lot about main British curling to the highest of the rostrum, so to see that come to fruition was an unimaginable second for me.
“We’re at present ready on the funding course of however we’ve got a plan in place to be extra profitable and we all know we are able to obtain much more.”