AP McCoy Awarded Knighthood
05 January 2016
Aintree 10.4.10 Pic:Edward Whitaker. Tony mcCoy wins the Grand National on Don't Push It.
Local 20-time champion jockey AP McCoy, has been honoured with his greatest achievement of all time, by being awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Joining other sporting knights such as Sir Chris Hoy and Dame Mary Peters, McCoy has already received both the MBE and OBE and now stands alongside Sir Gordon Richards as the only jockeys to be knighted.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg expressed his delight following the announcement; “This is an incredible achievement for AP which yet again brings huge pride to Northern Ireland and to our Borough. We are all incredibly proud of his prestigious award and that he has once again put his home town of Moneyglass on the world stage.”
Councillor Hogg continues; “This knighthood is so well deserved and reflects the courage, commitment and dedication that AP has given to his long and glittering career. It comes just weeks after he was awarded the lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards following his retirement from the sport.”
In recognition of his contribution to the world of sport, AP was awarded Freedom of the Borough in 2005 and was inducted into the Council’s Gallery of Sporting Legends at Antrim Forum in 2012.