LONDON: Jim Boyce, the British vice-president of world football federation FIFA, received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, for his services to the game in Northern Ireland.
Boyce will step down in May at the end of his tenure when the British vice-presidency is abolished under the recently-enacted FIFA reform project.
Competitors honoured include England’s Women’s Rugby World Cup winners Sarah Hunter and Rochelle Clark. They receives MBEs after helping England lift the World Cup for the first time in 20 years.
Northern Ireland boxer Patrick Barnes, 27, and Scotland’s judoka Euan Burton, 35, who both won Commonwealth gold medals last summer, have also been made MBEs.
Athlete Steve Cram, 54, a former 1500m world champion, has been awarded a CBE after 13 years as the head of the English Institute of Sport which he left in August.
Another former athlete, Dame Mary Peters, 75, the 1972 Olympic pentathlon champion, has been made a Companion of Honour, and Wendy Sly,who won silver in the 3,000m at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, received an MBE for services to athletics.
The awards include recognition of the success of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Burton, who was Scotland’s flag bearer at the Glasgow Games, retired after winning judo gold in the 100kg division, while Barnes won gold in the men’s light-flyweight boxing competition.
Kate Richardson-Walsh, 34, captain of the England women’s hockey team that won silver at the Commonwealth Games, also received an MBE.
Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, received a CBE andJon Doig, the chief executive of Commonwealth Games Scotland, an OBE.
Brendon Batson, 61, received an OBE for services to football after being made an MBE in 2000.
The former West Bromwich Albion defender, 61, who has been chair ofSporting Equals since 2010, is a major supporter of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign and an ambassador for anti-discrimination body Kick It Out.
Former Portsmouth defender Linvoy Primus, 41, was awarded an MBE for services to football and charity in Portsmouth, while David Collier, 59, who stepped down as chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board last summer after a successful 10-year spell, received an OBE.
Companion of Honour
Dame Mary Peters. For services to sport and to the community in Northern Ireland.
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Steve Cram MBE. For services to sport.
Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Brendon Batson MBE. For services to football.
Jim Boyce. For services to football in Northern Ireland.
Dr David Collier. For services to cricket.
Edward Gillespie. For services to horse racing in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Patrick Barnes. For services to boxing and the community in Northern Ireland.
Euan Burton. For services to judo.
Rochelle Clark. For services to rugby.
Sarah Hunter. For services to rugby.
Linvoy Primus. For services to football and charity in Portsmouth.
Kate Richardson-Walsh. For services to hockey.
Wendy Sly. For services to athletics.
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