Mike Whittingham

The royal treatment

People from across Scottish sporting system honoured by Queen

A number of people from across the Scottish sporting system have been recognised for their services to sport in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Among those to be honoured is Director of High Performance for sportscotland, Mike Whittingham, who was awarded an OBE for services to sport.

A former international athlete and coach, he was appointed to his role at sportscotland in 2008, leading a team of experts at the sportscotland Institute of Sport to support Scotland’s athletes.

He said: “During my career I have worked with and for so many great people. But the last decade in  Scotland has been incredible, Scottish sport has really moved on. Our sporting system continues to deliver thanks to a very collaborative approach.

“It is a great honour and massive privilege to join other recognised colleagues and people across wide range of industries and walks of life.

“My appreciation for everyone at the sportscotland Insitute of Sport and in high performance sport across Scotland and the UK.

"I have had the pleasure of working alongside some incredible athletes, coaches, people and organisations. Thank you for all you support and motivation.”

Olympic bronze medal winning curler Eve Muirhead received an MBE for services to curling while former Scottish and GB basketball player Kieron Achara was awarded an MBE for services to community sport in Scotland.

Former SFA president Alan McRae received an OBE for services to grassroots and professional football, Chair of Scottish Athletics Ian Beattie was recognised with an MBE for his services to athletics and Rick Kenney was awarded an OBE for services to judo.

As an athlete Rick won medals for Scotland and the UK and he has coached at the highest level. Now the president of the Commonwealth Judo Association, he has worked tirelessly for the sport for over 50 years.

He said: “I’ve been involved in judo now for 57 years and have loved everything about our sport since the time I stepped on to the mat at the Motherwell YMCA judo club in 1963.

"I continue to be amazed by the number of friends, judoka, coaches and volunteers worldwide who make judo such a great sport and vehicle to allow people to be all that they can be. I will continue to work for the benefit of judo across the Commonwealth.”

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