Queen's Birthday Honours: Judy Murray and Heather Stanning become OBEs


Judy Murray fronts a number of programmes to promote tennis at grassroots level

Judy Murray and two-time Olympic gold medallist Heather Stanning have been appointed OBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Murray, who has worked to grow tennis across Great Britain, has been recognised for services to tennis, women in sport and charity.

Stanning, who retired in 2016, is recognised for services to rowing.

Ireland rugby union captain Rory Best and former England coach Dick Greenwood will also become OBEs.

Northern Ireland football captain Steven Davis, former Great Britain rugby league coach Brian Noble and boxer John Conteh are appointed MBEs.

Murray ‘determined to inspire’

Judy Murray (left) was the Great Britain Fed Cup coach from 2011 to 2016

Murray, 57, is the third member of her family to be honoured after her sons Andy and Jamie became a knight and an OBE respectively.

She was the Great Britain Fed Cup coach from 2011 to 2016 and has coached numerous players, as well as mentoring Davis Cup captain Leon Smith.

“I’ve seen first hand that your role models are important – that they inspire and excite – but sport is only as good as its grassroots,” she told BBC Sport.

“I was so determined that there would be a legacy from what Jamie and Andy had achieved and I felt I could have much more long-term effect by sharing everything I’ve learnt over my coaching career with as many people as I could.”

The Scot has worked to introduce more young women to tennis, setting up the Miss-Hits programme