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Tony McCoy and Kyle McCallan head NI sporting honours

Tony McCoy celebrates his Grand National victory on Don't Push It
Tony McCoy celebrates his Grand National victory on Don't Push It

Grand National winner Tony McCoy is one of five N Ireland sporting recipients in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

The 15-times champion jockey, who won his first National in April on Don't Push It, was awarded the OBE.

Former Ireland cricketer Kyle McCallan becomes an MBE along with BBC sports presenter Jackie Fullerton.

Margaret Penny gets an MBE for services to NI hockey and the British Parachute Association and Tony Phillips is also an MBE for services to youth sport.

Moneyglass jockey McCoy won his first race at 17 in 1992 and has gone on to win over 3,000 more including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and King George VI Chase.

However, the Grand National eluded him after 14 attempts at winning the big race at Aintree.

McCoy completed his CV with a faultless ride on 10-1 joint favourite Don't Push It, winning by five lengths from Black Apalachi.

BBC sports broadcaster Jackie Fullerton is delighted after being honoured in the Queen's Birthday List.

All-rounder McCallan retired from international cricket last year after earning a record 226 caps for Ireland, 54 times as captain.

He scored 3,616 runs at an average of 23.33 and also took 256 wickets.

McCallan's run tally places him third on the all-time list behind Stephen Warke and Ivan Anderson.

"I was privileged to have worn the Irish jersey for over 13 years, and I had some fantastic experiences," he said.

"I have been fortunate to have made some wonderful friends through cricket, and have memories which I will cherish. It was quite simply a golden age for Irish cricket."

Jackie Fullerton was singled out for his services to sports journalism but also for his wide-ranging service to the community.

This includes working with young people, the disabled with the Special Olympics and raising money for injured motorcycle riders. He is also patron of the charity Heartbeat.

"This makes up for missing out on the World Cup in South Africa with Northern Ireland," he said.

The sports reporter started his career in 1973 after success on the pitch when he won an Irish League medal with Crusaders.

News of his place on the honours list comes as the World Cup kicks off, and Jackie covered three of the competitions.

He followed Northern Ireland's campaigns in Spain in 1982 and again in Mexico in 1986, while he covered the Republic of Ireland's exploits in the USA in 1994.



see also
McCoy savours 'dream' Aintree win
11 Apr 10 |  Horse Racing
McCoy ends wait for National win
11 Apr 10 |  Horse Racing
McCallan quits international duty
02 Dec 09 |  Ireland



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