By Phil Lanning
FALLON SHERROCK admitted she was “overwhelmed” after being awarded an MBE in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours list.
The Queen of the Palace made a huge impact on the sport after history-making wins over Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic as she became the first female winner at the PDC World Darts Championship in December 2019.
Sherrock also became the first woman to hit a nine-dart finish in a PDC event on the Winmau Challenge Tour earlier this year.
She said: “I am honoured and overwhelmed to have been awarded an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours for services to darts.
“To have received this level of recognition for my contribution to the game I love is beyond my wildest dreams.
“I never considered that I would ever receive such an esteemed honour and I am beyond grateful.
“I have been fortunate to hear of the widespread impact that my success has had in getting more people watching and playing darts, and particularly in inspiring girls and young women to take up darts and other sports. That makes me incredibly proud and excited.
“That is a worthwhile legacy, all stemming from one landmark moment at Alexandra Palace followed by other successes, and is something that I want to continue to promote.
“I am looking forward to visiting Buckingham Palace to receive this honour, which I regard as a reflection of the enormous popularity of darts and as a symbol hope and possibility for aspiring darts players and sportswomen across the country.”
Sherrock joins illustrious company in former World Champions Eric Bristow and John Lowe and fellow female star Trina Gulliver as darts stars to be awarded the MBE.
PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter said: “We congratulate Fallon on being awarded the MBE and this is a great recognition for the impact she has made in the sport in recent years.
“She has been a global trailblazer for women’s darts and has helped to raise standards in women’s darts to a new level.
“This will be another boost for women’s darts and we also hope that this can spur on Fallon to further success.”