Williams made MBE in Birthday Honours

Eurosport - Sat, 12 Jun 09:20:00 2010

Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams was made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

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The 27-year-old became the first British gold medallist in an individual event at the Winter Olympics for 30 years when she won the skeleton in Vancouver in February.

"This is a huge honour and a privilege," Williams said.

"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."

Former Formula One driver David Coulthard was also awarded MBE, while 15-times champion jockey Tony McCoy was made an OBE.

Ex-England goalkeeper Bert "the Cat" Williams, who was between the sticks when they suffered a shock defeat to the USA at the 1950 World Cup, was also made an OBE.

Former Wales captain Gary Speed and cricket statisticians Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis, who invented the method for deciding rain-affected matches, are all also handed MBEs.

England women's football coach Hope Powell became a CBE.

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