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Amy Williams & Tony McCoy top Birthday honours list

Amy Williams and Tony McCoy

Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams and top jockey Tony McCoy are among those in sport recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours.

Williams, who won the skeleton title in Vancouver, becomes an MBE while 15-time champion jockey McCoy becomes an OBE.

There is a CBE for England women's football coach Hope Powell and an OBE for ex-England rugby star Andy Ripley.

Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis, who invented the method to decide rain-affected cricket matches, become MBEs.

Former Sunderland chairman Bob Murray is knighted while there are also MBEs for former Formula One driver and current BBC pundit David Coulthard, BBC Radio 5 live chief football correspondent Mike Ingham and ex-Wales midfielder Gary Speed.

Bert Williams, the Wolves player who kept goal for England in the 1950 World Cup, receives an MBE at the age of 90 for services to football and charity.

At Vancouver the 27-year-old Williams, who is from Bath, became Britain's first solo Winter Olympics gold medallist in 30 years and the first British female individual Winter Olympics gold medallist since figure skater Jeannette Altwegg in 1952.

"This is a huge honour and a privilege," said Williams. "I'm so proud. I was absolutely stunned and completely blown away when I heard.

"This really caps what has been an amazing few months since I returned from Vancouver. I'm really excited about going to Buckingham Palace. I can't wait."

McCoy, the 15-times champion jockey, who has ridden over 3,000 winners, fulfilled a life-long ambition in April when he finally won the Grand National at Aintree on board Don't Push It.

"Things like this are always nice, but it's a bit different from some of my other achievements," said the 36-year-old who was given an MBE seven years ago.

Andy Ripley and Prince Charles
Andy Ripley was given his OBE by Prince Charles last month

"My goal every year is to be champion jockey and if I work hard enough it's something I've got control over, whereas these sort of things are just nice accolades.

"It means that people from the outside world appreciate that you're doing well.

"It's nice to get recognition from someone like the Queen as it doesn't come from much higher than that."

Powell has hailed her CBE as recognition for the growth of women's football in England.

The 43-year-old won 66 international caps for England before becoming the first woman to gain the Uefa Pro-Licence coaching award and leading England to the final of last year's women's European Championships.

"For me it's a real honour and a nice surprise but I feel I am accepting it on behalf of women's football in this country," she said.

"I believe this award is as much about the development of the women's game in England, how well the team has done in the last four years ending with us getting to the European final last year."

One of the most poignant honours is for Ripley, who played rugby for England and the British Lions, ran the 400m at the UK athletics championships and nearly made it into the Boat Race crew at the age of 50.

The 62-year-old is seriously ill with prostate cancer and went to the Palace last month to receive his award.

Other sporting honours include a CBE for Rodney Carr, lately chief executive of the Royal Yachting Association and one of the main driving forces for Britain's Olympic sailing successes.

Tony Carr, West Ham's academy director, receives an MBE for his work in bringing through young players including no less than seven members of the current England World Cup squad.

"When I saw a letter from HM Government drop through the letter box I thought I must have driven in the bus lane!" said the 59-year-old Carr.

"My reaction was one of disbelief and I had to read it again to make sure, and it was very humbling and I am very proud and pleased."

Donna Kellogg, one of England's most successful badminton players, receives an MBE following her retirement after a 12-year career that saw her win Commonwealth and European golds in doubles.


Robert Murray - for services to football and education


Rodney Carr - for services to sailing

Dr David Stuart English - for services to cricket and charity

George O'Grady - for services to sport

Hope Powell - for services to sport


John Dunningham - for voluntary service to tennis

Zara Peters - for services to athletics

Tony McCoy - for services to horse racing

Andy Ripley - for services to sport, especially rugby

Jacqueline Robinson - for services to sport

Shane Sutton - for services to sport

Carol Walton - for services to disability sport

Ann Wild - for services to wheelchair basketball


Reginald Adams - for services to sport

James Aitken - for services to student sport

Anthony Carr - for services to football

David Coulthard - for services to motor racing

Robin Courage - for services to disability sport.

Dr Frank Duckworth - for services to Royal Statistical Society and cricket; and Dr Anthony Lewis - for services to mathematics and cricket.

Maxine Edwards - for services to women's rugby

Michael Glogg - for voluntary service to rugby

Geoffrey Holt - for services to disability sailing

Mike Ingham - for services to sports broadcasting, chief football correspondent

Karen Jones - for services to women's and girls' football in Wales

Donna Kellogg - for services to badminton

Jennifer Kent - for voluntary service to gymnastics

John Lister - for services to athletics. Cardiff.

John Lloyd - for services to cycling in mid and north Wales.

William (Kyle) McCallan - for services to cricket in Northern Ireland.

Margaret Penny - for services to hockey in Northern Ireland and to the British Parachute Association

Melvyn Perkins - for services to cycle speedway and to football

Tony Phillips - for services to youth sport in Northern Ireland

Steven Scott - for services to disability sport

Gary Speed - for services to football

Nicola Tustain - for services to disability sport

Christine Wellington - for services to Ironman Triathlons.

Amy Williams - for services to sport

Bert Williams - for services to football and charity

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Driver Coulthard becomes an MBE
11 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
Speed leads Welsh sport honours
11 Jun 10 |  Wales
Loss to US still hurts - Williams
08 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Duckworth hits back on rain rules
04 May 10 |  England
The Unreal McCoy
10 Apr 10 |  Horse Racing
McCoy ends wait for National win
11 Apr 10 |  Horse Racing
Coulthard to make racing return
03 Apr 10 |  Formula 1
Williams slides to British gold
20 Feb 10 |  Skeleton
Powell open to men's coaching job
10 Dec 09 |  Women
Powell may leave England position
04 Jun 09 |  Women
Coulthard says farewell to F1
02 Nov 08 |  Formula 1
Celebrity Health - Andy Ripley
26 Feb 07 |  Health
A decade of Duckworth-Lewis
01 Jan 07 |  Cricket
Guide to the Honours
12 Jun 10 |  UK


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