Joelle King - New Zealand Order of Merit
If ever one person could personify the idea of a phoenix rising from the ashes in the world of New Zealand sport, squash champion Joelle King is probably it.
The Cambridge comeback queen has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year's Honours list, for services to the sport she has played professionally since 2004.
Joey wins Hong Kong
New Zealand's world No 7 squash player Joelle King has secured her first Platinum PSA title in Hong Kong.
The Kiwi defeated second-ranked Egyptian Raneem El Welily in straight games in the final of the Hong Kong Open to secure not only her first Platinum title, but also automatically qualify for the season-ending PSA World Tour finals.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet, but to be on a stage like this means a lot. I just want to go on from here."
King becomes the fourth New Zealand woman to win the prestigious title in Hong Kong, joining Dame Susan Devoy, Leilani Rorani and Owens as winners.