Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive of Sport NI congratulates New Year Honours recipients recognised for their contributions to sport.

“I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all those named on the New Years Honours list with a connection to sport.

“2022 has been a thrilling year for Sport in Northern Ireland, from our trail-blazing women’s football team competing at the Euros for the first time to Team NI’s incredible success at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

“Of course we are delighted to see high-profile sportspeople recognised for their achievements. Former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings is made a CBE for his football and charity work; Gail Redmond, former Northern Ireland international footballer, is awarded an MBE for services to football; and international bowler Sandra Bailie is awarded an MBE for services to bowls.

“They are incredible ambassadors for sport in Northern Ireland and are inspiring the next generation to participate and excel in sport.

“The Honours also recognise the unsung heroes of sport, the coaches, volunteers and officials who make sport in our communities possible, and the vital role they play in supporting, developing, and encouraging people to benefit from the power of sport.”
Amongst those receiving honours are: 

Pat Jennings for services to association football and to charity in Northern Ireland

Sandra Hazel Bailie for services to bowls

Peter Desmond Jack for services to endurance sport and charity in Northern Ireland

Gail Redmond for services to association football in Northern Ireland

Jahswill Rohi Alexander Emmanuel for services to the community in Northern Ireland

William Iain Kennedy for voluntary service to the community in County Fermanagh

Peter Giosuè Vannucci for services to association football in County Down