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Golfer Donald leads British honours

  • 16 Jun 2012
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LONDON (AFP)
Golger Luke Donald led the list of British athletes honoured by Queen Elizabeth II for services to their sports

"I have just tried to make a bit of a difference," said the former Chelsea and Celtic defender, who has spearheaded campaigns to rid football of racism.

Rugby union player Shane Williams, Wales' all-time record try scorer, received an MBE.

"I have been lucky enough to have had a fantastic career and what a great way to finish," the winger said.

Terry Downes, the oldest surviving winner of a boxing world title, receives the British Empire Medal. The 76-year-old Londoner won the world middleweight crown in 1961.

Alex Arthur, a former world super featherweight champion, was awarded the MBE.

"It was a surprise. I've spent all my life beating people up," the Edinburgh boxer said.

Former culture secretary Tessa Jowell, who played a key role in bringing the 2012 Games to London, was knighted for her services in support of the event, which gets under way on July 27.

Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park, which has a distinctive, wave-like roof, was also made a dame.

Those behind the organisation of the London Games are recognised for their efforts, with honours going to several members of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Former UK Sport performance director Peter Keen, who spearheaded the funding strategy that saw Britain finish fourth in the medals table at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, was awarded a CBE.

Archery's Alison Williamson, 40, who will become only the third person to represent Great Britain in six consecutive Olympic Games at London 2012, receives an MBE.

Britain's leading showjumper Nick Skelton got an OBE.

Veteran karate coach Hamish Adam was given an MBE for services to his sport.

He was a member of the British team that won the world championships in 1975 -- the first team ever to defeat Japan.

Honours lists are produced twice a year, at New Year and to coincide with the queen's official birthday in June. She turned 86 in April.

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