Catriona Matthew among host of high achievers to be recognised with honours

The investiture is to take place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Wednesday.

Katharine Hay
Wednesday 19 January 2022 09:21
Catriona Matthew has been honoured for services to golf (Ian Rutherford/PA)
Catriona Matthew has been honoured for services to golf (Ian Rutherford/PA)

Internationally-acclaimed golfer Catriona Matthew and former Scotland footballer Rose Reilly are among more than 100 people being honoured at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Wednesday.

The sports stars are among a host of high achievers to have been recognised for their efforts in the last two years but who are only now able to receive their awards in person because of the pandemic.

Matthew who grew up in North Berwick and who plays mainly on the US-based Ladies Pro Golf Association circuit, has been made an OBE for her services to golf.

The sportswoman, whose husband Graeme is her caddy, turned pro in 1995, won the Women’s British Open in 2009 and in 2019 was the victorious European team captain of the Solheim Cup, a biennial competition between top women golfers from Europe and the US.

Reilly, a former professional football player from Kilmarnock who played for Scotland and for Italy, has been made a CBE for her services to women’s football.

Catriona Matthew has been recognised for her services to golf (Ian Rutherford/PA)

The 67-year-old attracted the interest of scouts at Celtic, and was allowed to play provided she cut her hair short and called herself Ross.

She left to play for Reims as a teenager, and later joined ACF Milan, and was a member of the victorious Italian national side which won the Mundialito, the precursor to the women’s World Cup, in 1984.

Many of the people being recognised in Edinburgh on Wednesday were chosen for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic, while others have excelled in academia, the arts, sport, business and charity.

Jacqueline Kay, a poet and former Makar – the national poet of Scotland – has been made a CBE for services to literature, and Brian Wilson a former Government minister who is now chairman of Harris Tweed Hebrides, has been made a CBE for services to business.

Rose Reilly (right) allows Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to try on one of her Scotland caps (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Olivia Strong, founder of RunForHeroes, has been made an MBE for services to fundraising during Covid-19.

She raised millions by encouraging people to run 5K and donate £5 to NHS Charities Together during lockdown.

Fiona Drouet, the mother of undergraduate Emily, who took her own life after being subjected to a campaign of abuse, has been made an MBE for setting up Scottish charity EmilyTest, which helps tackle gender-based violence.

Former professional basketball player Kieron Achara (MBE), TV science presenter Dr Hermione Cockburn (OBE) and Scott McPartlin (MBE), a telecoms engineer who spent three nights in a tent on the Hebridean island of Coll to help a vulnerable islander whose signal had been knocked out by a lightning strike, have also been recognised for their achievements.

The 115 recipients will be split over two ceremonies on Wednesday, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, and will receive their honours from the Princess Royal.

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