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Friday, 15 June, 2001, 23:04 GMT 00:04 UK
F1 legend Stewart tops sports honours
Jackie Stewart with his Jaguar team
Jackie Stewart has 27 Grand Prix victories to his name
Jackie Stewart is among a host of sports personalities to be named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Britain's most successful Formula One driver was awarded a knighthood for his achievements in the world of motor racing.

"This is a very proud moment for me," Stewart said. "This has to mean more than my first win, winning a world championship or my victory as a team owner."

The footballing world was represented by former England captain Alan Shearer, who was awarded an OBE, along with BBC football commentator John Motson.

Ellen Macarthur celebrates her return from the Vendee Golbe race
2001 has been a phenomenal year for Macarthur
John Charles, once described as "the best centre-half in the world, as well as the best centre-forward", was awarded the CBE.

Ellen MacArthur's extraordinary achievements in the sport of sailing were recognised as she was named an MBE.

The 24-year-old finished second in the demanding 24,000-mile Vendee Globe single-handed around the world race before taking a thrilling victory in the Challenge Mondial race last month.

"It's a great honour for me to receive this award and I'm delighted that the sport of sailing has been recognised," she told BBC Sport Online from her Kingfisher yacht off the west coast of Brittany.

Former tennis player Christine Janes was named an MBE for her services to tennis.

When she was known as Christine Truman, she became the youngest female winner of the French Singles - now the French Open - in 1959 aged 18.

Mike McFarlane in action for Haringey
McFarlane dedicated his award to his father
Since her retirement in 1975, Truman has become a member of BBC Radio's tennis team.

Top sprinting coach Mike McFarlane received an OBE for his outstanding commitment to athletics and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

McFarlane, who won gold at the 200m Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, dedicated his award to his father Henry, who passed away recently.

Ian Stark's achievements in the world of equestrianism have been acknowledged with an OBE.

The 47-year-old Scot has won four Olympic silver medals in team events. His claimed his first medal in Los Angeles in 1984, with the most recent in Sydney last year.

Among the lesser known sports personalities to be honoured are Wayne Otto, Britain's most successful karate competitor.

He received an OBE for his achievements, which include five world championship gold medals.

An MBE was awarded to hockey stalwart Alison Ramsay, who has notched more than 200 appearances for Scotland and Great Britain in her prolific career.

Simon Clegg, chief executive of the British Olympic Association, was awarded an OBE for Great Britain's superb performances at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

"It was a tremendous privilege to lead the team in Sydney last year and I feel this award is shared by the many other people who contributed to Team GB's overall success," he said.

Kelly Simmons, head of the Football Association's national football development, was rewarded for her work with an MBE.


Other sporting MBEs:

Brian Aspen (wrestling; Bolton), Stuart and Sylvia Barclay (swimming and sailing for the disabled; Alexandria), Peter Collins (motor cycling; Cheshire), Christopher Davies (yachting; Hampshire), Carol Freeman (cycling; Bristol), Ajit Singh Kalirai (athletics; Wembley), Charles Mortimore (sport for young people; Hampshire), Catharine Page (trampolining; Wirral), Nicola Ponsford (women's rugby union; Dunstable), Timothy Reddish (disabled sport; Nottingham), Robert Rodgers (angling; Omagh), Judith Russell (disabled sport; Tadcaster), James Todd (veteran athletics; Ballyclare).

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"Jackie Stewart won his place in motor-racing history by winning the world championship three times"
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"I'm thrilled to bits about it"
Sir Jackie Stewart
"I'm very proud"
Ellen MacArthur MBE
"It's fantastic news - great for sailing"
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