Birthday Honours: MBEs for Jess Fishlock and Menna Fitzpatrick

Gold medal-winning Winter Paralympian Menna Fitzpatrick and footballer Jess Fishlock are among the Welsh names on the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Skier Fitzpatrick, 20, became Britain's most successful Winter Paralympian this year and Fishlock became the first footballer to win 100 caps for Wales.

They are both MBEs, alongside former Wales rugby player Dai Morris.

Cardiff-born novelist Ken Follett, who has sold 160 million books worldwide, has been appointed a CBE.

Other winners include a video games entrepreneur and a cinema owner.

Fitzpatrick, whose mother is from Deganwy, Conwy, competes in downhill skiing in the B2 category for visually-impaired athletes.

She won one gold, two silvers and a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Paralympics with her partner Jen Kehoe to become Britain's most decorated Winter Paralympics athlete.

"I found out about three weeks ago - it's been annoying because I'm not very good at keeping secrets," she said.

"2018 has been non-stop with exciting things, this is definitely one of the top things that's happened to me.

"To have disability sport being honoured at the highest level is just amazing."

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