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McCoy tops Honours List

Image: McCoy wins the National

Jockey Tony McCoy and former racing driver David Coulthard have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours list.

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Champion jockey handed OBE in Queen's birthday list

Jockey Tony McCoy and former racing driver David Coulthard have been recognised for their services to their sport in the Queen's Birthday honours list. McCoy has received an OBE while Coulthard has been awarded an MBE, as well as Amy Williams, who won gold in the skeleton in the Winter Olympics. The 15-time champion jockey fulfilled a lifetime ambition when winning the Grand National on Don't Push It in April, at the 15th attempt. The Irishman has dominated the sport for almost two decades, breaking numerous records along the way. "It's a great honour for me and it means I'm improving I suppose," said McCoy. "To get a step up in anything means you're improving and that's always nice and at least I'm moving forward. "Things like this are always nice, but it's a bit different from some of my other achivements. "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."

Coulthard honoured

Coulthard became one of the stalwarts of the Formula One paddocks over a 15-year period following his debut in 2004. The Scot drove for McLaren for nine seasons, during which time he claimed 12 of his 13 Grand Prix wins, including twice at Silverstone. After leaving McLaren in 2005 he spent four years with the fledgling Red Bull Racing, becoming a crucial part of their development into the title contenders they are today. Williams, became the first British gold medalist in an individual event at the Winter Olympics for 30 years earlier this year. "This is a huge honour and a privilege," she said. "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."
Acknowledgement for Duckworth-Lewis
Other gongs go to former Sunderland chairman Robert Murray, who will be knighted for services to education, and the two statisticians who invented the Duckworth-Lewis method for deciding cricket matches - Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis - who each receive MBEs. Former England rugby player Andy Ripley also received an OBE. Ripley, a phenomenal athlete 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, is seriously ill with prostrate cancer and went to the Palace last month to receive his award. 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. KNIGHTHOODS
Robert Murray, services to football and education in the north east. Jersey.
Rodney Carr, lately chief executive, Royal Yachting Association, services to sailing. Alresford, Hampshire.
Dr David Stuart English, services to cricket and charity. London.
George O'Grady, chief executive Professional Golfers' Association European Tour, services to sport. Sunningdale, Berks.
Hope Powell, national coach, England Women's Football Team, services to sport. London.
John Dunningham, voluntary service to tennis. Berkshire.
Zara Peters, chief executive British Triathlon Federation
Tony McCoy, jockey. Hungerford.
Andy Ripley, services to sport, especially rugby. Lingfield.
Jacqueline Robinson, president England Squash. Warwickshire.
Shane Sutton, track performance manager Cycling GB. Cardiff.
Carol Walton, services to disability sport. Croydon.
Ann Wild, services to wheelchair basketball. Ilford.
Reginald Adams, lately coach Grangemouth Amateur Swimming Club. Grangemouth, Stirling and Falkirk.
James Aitken, director centre for sport and exercise University of Edinburgh.
Anthony Carr, West Ham academy director.
David Coulthard, motor racing. Monaco.
Robin Courage, disability sport.
Dr Frank Duckworth, services to Royal Statistical Society and cricket. Dursley, Gloucestershire; and Dr Anthony Lewis, services to mathematics and cricket. Oxford.
Maxine Edwards, women's rugby. London.
Michael Glogg, voluntary service to rugby. Winchester.
Geoffrey Holt, disability sailing. Southampton.
Mike Ingham, chief football correspondent Radio Five Live. Ashley Green, Bucks.
Karen Jones, women's and girls' football in Wales. Cardiff.
Donna Kellogg, badminton. Milton Keynes.
Jennifer Kent, gymnastics in Bexleyheath.
John Lister, athletics. Cardiff.
John Lloyd, cycling in mid and north Wales.
William McCallan, cricket in Northern Ireland. Craigavon.
Margaret Penny, hockey in Northern Ireland and the British Parachute Association. Coleraine.
Melvyn Perkins, cycle speedway and football. Norwich.
Tony Phillips, youth sport in Northern Ireland. Belfast.
Steven Scott, Dwarf Athletic Association. Altrincham.
Gary Speed, football. Chester.
Christine Wellington, service to Ironman Triathlons. Thetford.
Amy Williams, British skeleton racer. Bath.
Bert Williams, football and charity. Shifnal, Shropshire.

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