Sports stars honoured

Rider Zara Phillips, rugby great Gareth Edwards and Europe's Ryder Cup-winning captain Ian Woosnam are among the sport stars featured in the New Year Honours.

Rider Zara Phillips, rugby great Gareth Edwards and Europe's Ryder Cup-winning captain Ian Woosnam are among the sport stars featured in the New Year Honours.

World equestrian champion Phillips, who was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year, is made an MBE while Edwards becomes a CBE and Woosnam an OBE.

Football was also honoured with Steven Gerrard and Faye White becoming MBEs.

Boxer Ricky Hatton and amateur golfer Gary Wolstenholme are made MBEs, as is BBC tennis commentator John Barrett.

Phillips, the Queen's granddaughter, claimed individual gold on her horse Toytown in the three-day eventing competition at the World Equestrian Games in Germany in August.

She helped the UK secure a team silver.

" I'd like to accept this on behalf of all those people who have been so supportive to me throughout my career."

Phillips is only the third rider to hold both European and world titles at the same time.

"I'm honoured I've been recognised for my achievements in equestrianism and pleased British Eventing nominated me.

"I'm delighted for the sport," said Phillips, the first senior Royal to win an honour.

Former Wales and Cardiff scrum-half Edwards is considered one of rugby union's all-time greats.

Liverpool captian, Gerrad, 25, said he was pleased to have been honoured. He has played a major role in the Reds' winning the Uefa Cup and Champions League title. - BBC

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