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Monday, 31 December, 2001, 18:38 GMT
Lewis 'delight' at New Year honour
Cricketing legend Tony Lewis is one of four people in Wales to become a Commander of the British Empire in the 2002 New Year Honours List.

Mr Lewis, 63, who this year led the successful bid to bring golf's Ryder Cup to Wales in 2010, receives his CBE for services to sport, broadcasting and Wales.

Other honours include a knighthood for Tony Burden, the Chief Constable of South Wales Police, and a CBE for government education advisor Professor David Reynolds.

Sir Tony Burden
Tony Burden is knighted

A Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire goes to Sir Ronald Waterhouse, author of the report on two decades of abuse at children's homes in north Wales.

Bernard Jones, founder of the television rental firm, Buy As You View, formerly known as Just Rentals, receives an OBE for services to business and the community in south Wales.

And an OBE also goes to Rhondda-born Jayne Zito, who founded the mental health charity The Zito Trust in memory of her husband, Jonathan, who was killed by a disturbed schizophrenic in 1992.

The dozens of people honoured in Wales also include four head teachers, a veteran world champion table tennis player in her 80s, a choir conductor and a former lifeboat mechanic.

A Cambridge Blue in rugby as well as cricket, Tony Lewis was the first Welshman to captain an England cricket tour and he also led Glamorgan to the county championship in 1969.

A founder member of the Sports Council for Wales, he has also worked as a BBC radio presenter and cricket commentator for almost 30 years.

Tony Lewis recevies a CBE
Tony Lewis CBE: Sport, broadcasting and Wales

Born in Swansea and brought up in Neath, Mr Lewis was also chair of the Wales Tourist Board from 1992 to 2000.

He then he took on the chairmanship of Wales's Ryder Cup bid funded by Sir Terry Matthews, the billionaire owner of the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

Mr Lewis said he was extremely pleased with his honour.

"It's a very warm feeling, there's just no downside."

Although he does not know who nominated him or why, he said he felt the success of the Ryder Cup campaign, beating Scotland to host the 2010 tournament, was instrumental.

He said: "I'm sure it's a major contribution.

"It was a terrific success and I enjoyed it immensely," he added.

"To start off as an outsider says a lot about the team and it was a team effort.

"Wales did wonderfully well."

Jayne Zito: An OBE for mental health work

Mental health campaigner Jayne Zito said she was 'speechless' after learning she had been awarded an OBE.

Mrs Zito has campaigned tirelessly for greater influence over community care policy for the severely mentally ill since her husband of three months was stabbed to death by schizophrenic Christopher Clunes

She has since had two children with a new partner but welcomed the award as she was marking the anniversary of her late husband's death just before Christmas nine years ago.

She said: "My breath was taken away when I was informed.

"I just couldn't believe it. It's the best thing that has happened to me since having my two boys.

"I have tried so hard for such a long time and to be recognised like this, nationally and publicly, is amazing."

Tony Lewis CBE
"The Ryder Cup bid was the pinnacle for me"
BBC Wales's Nick Palit reports
"Tony Lewis;s CBE is also recognition for his work after cricket"
See also:

31 Dec 01 | New Year Honours
Honours for Wales
31 Dec 01 | Wales
A 'great honour' for Lewis
31 Dec 01 | UK
Zito widow's joy at OBE
16 Jun 01 | Wales
Welsh receive their honours
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