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Ceredigion school sport stalwart is made an MBE

31 December 09 10:47 GMT

A man "synonymous with school sport" has been made an MBE in the New Year's honours list.

Gwilym Williams, 71, from Aberystwyth, started his career as a physical education teacher in south Wales.

He is also chairman of a number of organisations, including the Welsh Schools Athletics Association.

Meanwhile, Bernardine Rees, a former chief executive of Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire Local Health Board, has been awarded an OBE.

Ms Rees is recognised for her services to the National Health Service in Wales.

Mr Williams said his honour was a "surprise".

"I look upon it as a tribute to the people I have worked with over the years," he added.

"In fact, there are a few people who deserve it more than I do."

The UK Government's Cabinet Office said Mr Williams had made an "enormous contribution to the sporting opportunities for young people throughout Wales over a period of 40 years".

It added: "His name has become synonymous with school sport and he is renowned for his enthusiasm, dedication and total commitment to improving sporting opportunities for young people."

Mr Williams started his career as a physical education teacher in Tylorstown in Rhondda Cynon Taf, but in 1970 he was appointed a sports adviser to the old Cardiganshire council.

He was later made a sports inspector, covering Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

He is chairman of a number of organisations including the Welsh Schools Athletics Association and the Schools International Athletics Board.

Meanwhile, Frederick Davies, from Crickhowell, Powys has been made an OBE.

A former chairman of Gwent magistrates' bench and Wales bench chairmen's forum, he is recognised for his services to the administration of justice.

'Very proud'

Ceredigion councillor Eurfyl Evans receives an MBE for services to local government in west Wales.

Mr Evans, from Cei Bach, near New Quay, has represented the Llanarth ward since 1996.

He said: "I'm very proud, obviously. Anyone who receives an honour of this nature must be very proud.

"But I don't feel that I've worked any harder than any other councillor in Ceredigion."

Annette Rushton, from Welshpool, Powys, a former matron of the Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, has been made an MBE for services to healthcare.

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