Ash Barty, Shane Warne, Brendan Murphy, Kerry Chant honored as sporting stars and COVID-19 stars recognized in honor roll

Tennis hero Ash Barty, cricket icon Shane Warne and some of the key faces responsible for guiding Australia through the corona pandemic are recognized in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Awards.

Former Chief Health Officer Dr. Brendan Murphy is one of the nine new Companions of the Order of Australia – the highest honor – and NSW Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant has been named an Officer of the Order.

They were among 92 Australians recognized for their efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy addresses the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday. (Sydney Morning Herald)

The prestigious accolade recognized Murphy’s tireless work in the role, which suddenly gained a lot of attention due to the pandemic, as well as services to nephrology, research and innovation, and more.

Chant was recognized for her “distinguished service to the people of New South Wales through public health administration and governance, and to medicine”.

Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, a leading infectious disease expert at the University of NSW, was also appointed as an AO for “distinguished service to medical research, particularly to epidemiology and infection prevention, tertiary education and health administration.”

Ash Barty, Shane Warne, Brendan Murphy, Kerry Chant honored as sporting stars and COVID-19 stars recognized in honor roll
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant provides a COVID-19 update. St Leonards, NSW. January 14, 2022. Photo: Kate Geraghty (Kate Geraghty)

Warne, whose untimely death shocked the cricketing world in March, was posthumously appointed to the order.

The honor roll recognized the leg spider king for his scintillating career as a player, role model and commentator, as well as for his charitable and philanthropic endeavors.

Ash Barty, Shane Warne, Brendan Murphy, Kerry Chant honored as sporting stars and COVID-19 stars recognized in honor roll
was appointed an officer of the order for both her work as an elite player and youth development. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard) (AP)

Other prominent new officers of the order include former Western Australian Prime Minister Carmen Lawrence, Australia’s first head of state; and Muriel Picton, a pioneering female cricketer who captained Australia and, after retirement, was heavily involved in the governance of her club and the New South Wales Women’s Cricket Association.

Governor General David Hurley said those recognized, spanning community service, science and research, industry, sport, the arts and more, represent the very best of Australia.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne was posthumously appointed to the order. (Getty)

“Recipients share some common traits — including selflessness, excellence and a dedication to service,” he said.

“They come from different backgrounds, their stories are each unique and each has served in different ways.

“This diversity is a strength and each has influenced and enhanced their communities.

Ash Barty, Shane Warne, Brendan Murphy, Kerry Chant honored as sporting stars and COVID-19 stars recognized in honor roll

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“We thank them for that and today we celebrate them.”

In the general classification of the order, 45.9 percent of the awards went to women and 43.6% to community service.

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