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MBE surprises George Stevenson

By David Kelly

Ulster tennis official George Stevenson says he is "thrilled" after being honoured by the Queen with an MBE.

Stevenson, 73 in March, received the award for services to tennis, having been involved with the Bangor club since 1987. Prior to that he was also involved with Bangor hockey club.

"I was very surprised when I got the letter. I'm really thrilled, really pleased with the award," said Stevenson, who has held the post of Tennis Ireland and Tennis Ulster president as well as Ulster secretary and is currently vice President of Ulster.

The MBE comes two years after Scottish-born Stevenson was given a special award by the European Tennis Association for his services to tennis.

For many, many years George has given up his time in administrative work as well as running Ulster and Irish tournaments, including Davis Cup matches.

Stevenson added: "I feel very honoured to have been given the award. It's nice for the work you have done to be recognised in this way. I've loved being involved with the sport and I suppose the highlight was in 1995 when as Irish president I was invited into the Royal Box at Wimbledon.

"I've seen some very good players come through the ranks... I remember Bryn Cunningham being described by the Irish coach at the time as the best talent in years but then he went on to focus on rugby."

Meanwhile, Robert Colhoun, honorary secretary of Alpha Badminton Club has received an MBE, for services to badminton in Northern Ireland. He was also honoured by Badminton Europe in 1992 for his service to badminton.

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