Former Olympic athletes Steve Cram, Dame Mary Peters and Wendy Sly are among the recipients of awards in the New Year Honours but reports that rugby star Jonny Wilkinson would receive a knighthood have proved groundless.
Cram, the former world champion, 1984 Olympic silver medallist and world record holder at 1,500 metres, is made a CBE in recognition of his recent work as chair of the English Institute of Sport (EIS).
Cram said: “It’s really fantastic to have this recognition. A large part of my journey since then has been the EIS and we have put a lot of things in place to give support to our Olympic programmes.”
Peters, from Northern Ireland, won gold in the pentathlon at the 1972 Olympics and was made a Dame in 2000. She is now made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to sport and the community in Northern Ireland.
Sly, who won silver in the 3,000m at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, receives an MBE for services to athletics.
Reports that Wilkinson would become ‘Sir Jonny’ prompted Sir Bob Kerslake, the outgoing head of the Civil Service, to say he would look into the issue of individuals being wrongly named as receiving honours.
Wilkinson, who retired from rugby this year, appeared to heighten the speculation in a message he posted on Twitter on Monday night.
He wrote: “So many more deserving amongst u who won’t get recognition. To you I say thanks 4 the lessons in life. 4 the messages - u guys are incredible.”
In other honours, Britain’s FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce, from Northern Ireland, receives an OBE for services to football. Boyce, a former Irish Football Association president and current head of FIFA’s referees’ committee, steps down from the vice-presidency in May.
Boyce, who was severely injured in a Belfast car bomb in 1972, said: “I would like to dedicate this honour to the people who kept football in Northern Ireland going through the many, many difficult years.”
Brendan Batson, the former West Brom defender who was one of the pioneers for black footballers in the 1970s also receives an MBE for services to football. Batson, previously an MBE, worked for the Professional Footballers’ Association and more recently has been an adviser to the FA on equality and football development.
Batson said: “When we look at the way things have evolved over the years as a whole I am very pleased with the development of black players but there is still a long way to go to address the lack of representation in coaching, management and governance.”
There is an MBE for Crewe’s long-serving chairman John Bowler, who took over in 1987 and helped make the club into a fertile developing ground for young talent.
Linvoy Primus, the former Portsmouth defender, receives an MBE for services to football and charity.
Two of the England women’s rugby team who beat Canada to win the World Cup in August receive honours. Vice-captain and number eight Sarah Hunter, and prop Rochelle Clark - who is England’s second-most-capped player with 95 appearances - both receive MBEs.
Hunter, who also captained England during the Six Nations championships, said: “It’s a massive honour to be recognised in this way. As a team we have enjoyed incredible success and I’m so proud to be a part of that.”
Clark added: “If you had asked me in 2003 - when I got my first cap - if I would become a world champion and receive an MBE I wouldn’t have believed it, but 11 years on it’s all happened at once.”
Paul Murphy, a past chairman and president of the Rugby Football Union, receives the British Empire Medal.
David Collier, who stepped down as chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board last summer after a successful 10-year spell, receives an OBE.
Boxer Paddy Barnes, twice an Olympic bronze medallist who won gold medals for Northern Ireland at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, receives an MBE.
There is also an MBE in the diplomatic and overseas list for Mark Wood, who lives in Canada but works as coach for the British skeleton team which has achieved gold medals at the last two minutes.
Kate Richardson-Walsh, the much-decorated captain of the England and Great Britain hockey teams, also receives an MBE. She broke her jaw in the opening match of the London Olympics but after missing two matches returned to inspire the team to the bronze medal.
Sporting New Year honours list in full:
Order of the Companions of Honour
Members of the Order of the Companions of Honour
Dame Mary Elizabeth PETERS, DBE For services to Sport and to the community in Northern Ireland.
Order of the British Empire
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Margaret Mary, Mrs ASPINALL Chair, Hillsborough Family Support Group, Liverpool. For services to Bereaved Hillsborough Families.(Liverpool, Merseyside); Stephen CRAM, MBE Lately Chair, English Institute of Sport. For services to Sport.(Hexham, Northumberland); Trevor HICKS President, Hillsborough Family Support Group. For services to Bereaved Hillsborough Families. (Settle, North Yorkshire)
Order of the British Empire
Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Brendon BATSON, MBE For services to Football. (Birmingham, West Midlands); Jim BOYCE For services to Football in Northern Ireland.
(Carrickfergus, Antrim); Dr David Gordon COLLIER Chief Executive, England and Wales Cricket Board. For services to Cricket. (Middlesex); Edward William GILLESPIE, DL For services to Horse Racing in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
(Cheltenham, Gloucestershire); Susan, Mrs JOHNSON For services to Ladies’ Golf. (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire); Ms Francesca OSOWSKA Director, Commonwealth Games and Sport, Scottish Government. For services to Government and the Commonwealth Games. (Edinburgh); Ms Margaret Ann SOUYAVE For services to Hockey. (Ambergate, Derbyshire); Adrian TRANTER President, British Taekwondo. For services to Martial Arts. (Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire)
Order of the British Empire
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Patrick Gerard BARNES Boxer. For services to Boxing and the community in Northern Ireland. (Newtownabbey, Antrim); April Margaret, Mrs BARRETT For services to Disability Sport. (Birmingham, West Midlands); Derek Andrew BEARHOP Head, Games Delivery Team, Scottish Government. For services to Government and the Commonwealth Games. (Musselburgh, East Lothian); James BETMEAD For services to Sport and the community in Fleetwood, Lancashire through Fleetwood Town Football Club. (Fleetwood, Lancashire); John BOWLER Chair, Crewe Alexandra Football Club. For services to Football. (Nantwich, Cheshire); Dr Alan BOYLE For services to Swimming and Water Polo. (Warrington, Cheshire); Euan BURTON Athlete. For services to Judo. (Edinburgh); Anthony BYRNE For services to Gymnastics in Northern Ireland. (Lisburn, Antrim); Ms Rochelle CLARK Prop, England Women’s Rugby Union Team. For services to Rugby. (Hazelmere, Buckinghamshire); Jasmine Alexis, Mrs FLATTERS Athletics Volunteer. For services to Triathlon. (Thatcham, Berkshire); Derek John HAYWARD For services to Sport and Young People in Shropshire. (Wem, Shropshire); Miss Sarah Alice HUNTER Vice-Captain, England Women’s Rugby Union Team. For services to Rugby. (Bath, Somerset); John Maurice Arthur JENKINS President and Chair, SportsAble. For services to Disability Sport. (Reading, Berkshire); Malcolm Dingwall MACKAY For services to Football in Glasgow. (Glasgow); Eric POWELL For services to Football and charity. (Yarm, North Yorkshire); Linvoy Stephen PRIMUS For services to Football and charity in Portsmouth. (Southampton, Hampshire); Kate Louise, Mrs RICHARDSON-WALSH Captain, England and Great Britain Women’s Hockey Teams. For services to Hockey. (Maidenhead, Berkshire); Molly Irene, Mrs SAMUEL-LEPORT For services to Karate. (London); Ms Wendy SLY For services to Athletics. (London); Peter Alan SMITH Project Coordinator, Tour de France, Leeds City Council. For services to Sports Development in Leeds and the Tour de France Grand Depart. (Leeds, West Yorkshire); Peter John WINCHESTER For services to Swimming and to charity in Grimsby, North Lincolnshire. (Grimsby, Lincolnshire)
Medallist of the Order of the British Empire
James BARROW For services to Hockey. (Wilmslow, Cheshire); Paul Edward MURPHY For services to Rugby Union. (Abingdon, Oxfordshire); Fauja SINGH Marathon Runner. For services to Sport and charity. (London)