Sporting heroes recognised in the Queen’s Honours List

With Sep Blatter and FIFA dominating the news headlines this week for all wrong reasons, we felt we would lighten the mood, redress the balance and highlight the great and the good of sport.

The following people are great role models having used sport for the benefit of others and have been awarded a Queen’s honour for their fantastic achievements. 

Rebecca Donnelly (pictured above) was awarded an MBE in the most recent 2015 New Years Honours List for her services to community sport. Rebecca is a former world Thai boxing champion and one of the UK’s top female amateur boxers. Three years ago, she founded Fight for Change, a charity that uses her sport as the hook to attract marginalised young men, and mentors them to become positive members of society.

Sir John Beckwith was awarded a CBE back in 1996 before receiving a knighthood in 2002 for his services to sport. Sir John is an entrepreneur as well as being the founder and president of the Youth Sports Trust, a British charitable trust which aims to support the education and development of young people through physical education.

Greg Whyte competed for Great Britain in the Modern Pentathlon at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. Almost 20 years down the line Greg’s Olympic days are behind him and now he focuses his attention on raising money for worthy charities through sport. Greg helped David Walliams with both his long-distance charitable swims and has gone on to raise close to £20million through 17 projects with celebrities including Eddie Izzard and John Bishop. Greg Whyte was awarded an OBE at the 2014 New Years Honours List for his services to sport, sports science and charity.

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