Moneyglass champion jockey AP McCoy tops the New Year’s Honours List for the Mid Ulster area as we bid farewell to 2015, with Cookstown scout leader Colin Rea also earning recognition for the community work he does.
Tony McCoy called it an “unbelievable privilege” as he was awarded a knighthood to honour his incredible racing career.
The 41-year-old retired from racing in April after being crowned champion jockey for a 20th consecutive year.
He said of his knighthood: “I consider myself lucky to have had a job I loved, every single day. The team around me made it possible for me to achieve my goals and the support from the public and racing community since my retirement has been overwhelming. A knighthood really tops off what’s been a crazy and memorable year.”
The champion was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony this year.
Throughout his two-decade career, he rode 4,300 winners including at the Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The Mid Ulster area was represented in the New Year’s Honours list, too, with 1st Cookstown Scouts leader, Colin Rea, receiving the British Empire Medal (BEM).
South West College’s Training Department chief, Maria Hackett from Dungannon, was awarded the MBE for services to skills development in the area, while Liam McHugh was the other Tyrone recipient of the BEM for services to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.