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A host of business leaders from the world of sport have been recognised alongside winners from the field in the New Year Honours list 2018.

Clare Connor OBE, director of women’s cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board, was appointed CBE, as was Joyce Cook OBE, for services to sport and accessibility.

International Ski Federation secretary general Sarah Lewis was appointed OBE for services to the sport and Jonathan Morgan, the former chief executive of Disability Sport Wales, was also recognised as an OBE.

Among those appointed MBE were: Sue Anstiss, CEO of Promote PR and founding trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust; Christine Bower, athletes services coordinator for the British Olympic Association; Craig Graham, chairman of The Spartans Community Football Academy; Helen Phillips, for services to Welsh gymnastics and the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales; Patricia Reid, secretary of Dunfermline Tennis Club; Leslie Roy, for services to athletics in Scotland; and Keith Sears, a former inspector for the Sports Ground Safety Authority.

Among the coaches recognised was Welsh cycling's Alan Davis, who helped develop pursuit gold medallists Owain Doull and Elinor Barker, and was appointed MBE.

From football, former Manchester United youth team coach Eric Harrison was also appointed MBE. The 79-year-old is credited with bringing through the ‘Class of 92’ which included David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes.

And four-time jump racing champion trainer Nicky Henderson was made a Royal Victorian Order Lieutenant (LVO).

The sports stars honoured included a trio from the England women’s World Cup-winning cricket team. Skipper Heather Knight was appointed OBE after leading the fightback against India in the 2017 final, as was coach Mark Robinson.

Somerset bowler Anya Shrubsole and Kent's Tammy Beaumont were appointed MBE.

Former Royal Ballet principal Darcey Bussell, who has launched a dance workout programme called DDMIX and featured as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, was awarded a damehood (DBE).

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton, who led the Lions during the Test series in New Zealand, was appointed OBE. The Cardiff Blues star became the Lion’s youngest captain, aged 24, before the victory over the Wallabies in 2013.

Also in rugby union, former Scotland captain Ian McLauchlan was appointed OBE, as was Ed Morrison – England's first full-time professional rugby union referee.

And in Paralympic sport, Stef Reid, who won a silver in the F44 long jump in London and Rio, was appointed MBE.

New Year Honours list for sport

Damehood

Darcey Bussell, former Royal Ballet principal.

Commanders of the order of the British Empire (CBE):

Clare Connor, OBE, England and Wales Cricket Board director of women's cricket, for services to cricket.

Joyce Cook, OBE, for services to sport and accessibility.

Officers of the order of the British Empire (OBE):

Heather Knight, England women's cricket team captain, for services to cricket.

Sarah Lewis, International Ski Federation secretary general, for services to sport.

Ian McLauchlan, former Scotland and Lions prop, for services to rugby and charity.

Jonathan Morgan, former Disability Sport Wales chief executive, for services to disability sport in Wales.

Ed Morrison, former referee, for services to rugby union.

Mark Robinson, England women's cricket team head coach, for services to cricket.

Sam Warburton, Lions captain and former Wales captain, for services to rugby union.

Members of the order of the British Empire (MBE):

Sue Anstiss, CEO of Promote PR and founding trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust, for services to grassroots and women's sport.

Tammy Beaumont, England women's cricket team, for services to cricket.

Christine Bower, British Olympic Association athletes services coordinator, for services to British Olympic sport.

Craig Carscadden, for services to athletes with disabilities and to the Paralympics.

Alan Davis, head coach of Maindy Flyers youth cycling club in Cardiff, for services to youth cycling and diversity inclusion in south Wales.

Craig Graham, chairman of The Spartans Community Football Academy, for services to football and the community in Edinburgh.

Eric Harrison, former Manchester United youth team coach, for services to football.

Robert Ian Paterson for services to Paralympic sport.

Helen Phillips, for services to Welsh gymnastics and the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales.

Patricia Reid, Dunfermline Tennis Club secretary, for services to tennis and lacrosse in Scotland.

Stef Reid, Great Britain medallist at Beijing, London and Rio Paralympic Games, for services to Paralympic sport.

James Robson, Scotland rugby team doctor, for services to rugby.

Leslie Roy, for services to athletics in Scotland.

Keith Sears, former inspector for the Sports Ground Safety Authority, for services to sport.

Anya Shrubsole, England women's cricket team, for services to cricket.

John Voss, for services to rugby.

William John Allen Watson, for services to cycling.

Royal Victorian Order Lieutenant (LVO):

Nicky Henderson, trainer of the Queen's racehorses.

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A host of business leaders from the world of sport have been recognised alongside winners from the field in the New Year Honours list 2018. Clare Connor OBE, director of women’s cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board, was appointed CBE, as was Joyce Cook OBE, for services to sport and accessibility.
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A trio of players from the England women's cricket team was recognised in the New Year Honours after winning this year's World Cup, as well as a host of sports leaders / John Walton/PA Wire/PA Images
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