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Saturday, June 13, 1998 Published at 04:04 GMT 05:04 UK


Sports stars share honours

It's an honour - John Barnes

Some of Britain's best loved sports heros will be adding a Queen's Birthday Honour to their brimming medal cabinets.

While England's 1966 World Cup hero Geoff Hurst has grabbed the headlines with his knighthood, other stars have also been honoured.

They include fellow footballer John Barnes; cricketer Alec Stewart; golf supremo Colin Montgomerie; and Olympic track gold medalists Linford Christie and Sally Gunnell.

Newcastle mid-fielder John Barnes is credited with an MBE for a glittering 17-year career in which he represented his country 79 times.


[ image: Monty gets an MBE]
Monty gets an MBE
After his 1987 transfer from Watford, Barnes helped Liverpool to two league championships, and the FA and Coca-Cola cups.

England's new Test cricket captain Alec Stewart also gets an MBE, while leading horse racing trainer Major Dick Hern becomes a CBE after a career spanning 40 years in the sport.

WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis is awarded the MBE for services to boxing.

Two of Britain's highest achieving athletes, Linford Christie and Sally Gunnell, have topped their existing MBEs with OBEs this year.

Meanwhile, 800 metres runner Kelly Holmes, who is hoping to emulate their successes on the running track at the 2000 Games in Sydney, gets a confidence boost in the form of an MBE.


[ image: Lennox Lewis has another award to add to the collection]
Lennox Lewis has another award to add to the collection
In golf there is a knighthood for Michael Bonallack, the secretary of the Royal and Ancient Club - golf's ruling body. The 63-year-old won the British Championship five times during his distinguished amateur career.

Colin Montgomerie receives an MBE after becoming the first ever player to win five successive European Order of Merit titles.

Other MBEs include Deborah Bampton (Women's football), Isabella Campbell (Cycling), Michael Dixon (Skiing), Elizabeth Donnell (Orienteering), David Holding (Wheelchair sport), Alan David Moorhouse (Swimming), Alison Nicholas (Women's golf), Ian Ross (Shinty) and William Walsh (Rugby). Former Wolves and England footballer Bill Slater, now president of British Gymnastics, is made a CBE for his services to sport.



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