As Britain prepares for the Olympics, sporting stars were not forgotten in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list with golf world number one Luke Donald recognised as well as former Wales rugby international Shane Williams and former England goalkeeper David James.
World number one Donald, who is currently competing in the US Open, is made an MBE for services to golf, alongside 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, is made an OBE for services to equestrian sport.
MBEs also go to Saracens and England rugby player Margaret Alphonsi and Alison Williamson, who will represent Britain in archery at her sixth Olympic Games this summer.
A CBE goes to former professional footballer Paul Elliott. The former Chelsea player, who was subjected to racist abuse from opposition fans, is a champion of football’s anti-racism movement, even throwing his backing to the work of Sheffield-based charity Football Unites Racism Divides at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
Those behind the organisation of the 2012 games are also recognised for their efforts, with honours going to several members of the Olympic Delivery Authority.