Coulthard earns MBE in Queen's honours list

SCOTTISH motor racing driver David Coulthard has been awarded the MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.

There was further recognition for Scottish sport as Reginald Adams, until recently coach of Grangemouth Amateur Swimming Club was awarded the MBE in a list that also included James Aitken, director of the Centre for Sport and Exercise at the University of Edinburgh.

Champion jumps jockey Tony McCoy, who finally broke his duck in the Grand National this year, was an awarded an OBE.

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Twynholm racer Coulthard, 39, retired from Formula 1 in 2008, and is currently in dual employment as a pundit for the BBC and behind the wheel, returning this season driving for Mercedes in the DTM series.

Coulthard, who drove for Williams, McLaren, and Red Bull, competed in 246 grands prix and, in addition to 13 race wins, had 12 pole positions and 18 fastest laps.

There were significant highlights during the Scot's McLaren years, notably his two British Grand Prix wins in 1999 and 2000 and his victories in F1's blue riband event, the Monaco Grand Prix, in 2000 and 2002.

McCoy, 36, originally from Moneyglass, County Antrim, rode his 3,000th winner in February 2009 and won the Grand National on his 15th attempt in April this year.

He said: "It's nice to get recognition from someone like the Queen as it doesn't come from much higher than that."

Also honoured with MBEs were the two inventors of the Duckworth-Lewis method for deciding cricket matches.

Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis, two university statisticians, each receive MBEs while former Sunderland chairman Bob Murray was knighted.

Ex-Wales midfielder Gary Speed, and Amy Williams, who won gold in the skeleton in the Winter Olympics, were also included among the MBEs.

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