Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Queen honours sports contributions

Top golfer Luke Donald has been made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours list
Former England goalkeeper David James has became a Member of the British Empire
Olympic architect Zaha Hadid has been created a Dame in the Queen's Birthday honours list

As Britain prepares for the Olympics next month, sporting stars have been remembered in the Queen's Birthday honours list, with gongs for golf world number one Luke Donald as well as former Wales rugby international Shane Williams and former England goalkeeper David James.

Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the aquatics centre at the Olympics Park has been made a Dame.

The same honour has gone to former Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, for service in support of the Olympics.

Golfing world number one Donald, currently competing in the US Open, said he was "truly honoured" by his MBE for services to the sport.

The gong also goes to former Wales rugby player Shane Williams for services to rugby and former England goalkeeper David James for services to football and charity.

Showjumper Nick Skelton, who retired after breaking his neck in 2000 but went on to recover and compete again, gets an OBE for services to equestrian sport.

A CBE goes to former professional footballer Paul Elliott, a champion of football's anti-racism movement.

Those behind the organisation of the 2012 games are recognised for their efforts, with honours going to several members of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

A total of 1,201 people were recommended to the Queen for an award, with 1,064 candidates selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level - while 72% of recipients are involved in charitable or voluntary work in their local community.

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