Britain’s reigning FIM TrialGP Women World Champion Emma Bristow has been made an MBE in King Charles III’s debut birthday honours list.
Awarded twice a year, on the British monarch’s official birthday and each New Year, the MBE – or Member of the Order of the British Empire – recognises the recipient’s ‘outstanding achievement or service to the community’ as well as their ‘long-term, significant impact’ that has allowed them to ‘stand out as an example to others’.
The thirty-two-year-old Sherco rider has won eight TrialGP Women titles since 2014 and currently holds a four-point class lead in the 2023 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship with two rounds and four scoring days remaining.
“It’s amazing,” said Bristow. “To be recognised is really cool and when it came through I was gobsmacked. It’s great and I hope I can continue to be a good role model [for women in motorsports] and encourage girls to take up the sport.”
Bristow will receive her award at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace later in the year.
Other famous off-road recipients of an MBE include Trial legend Dougie Lampkin and multi-time FIM Enduro World Champion David Knight.