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The Secretary General of FIS, Sarah Lewis, is awarded an OBE & the managing director of the Lecht ski centre, James McIntosh, is made an MBE.

They were named in the New Year's Honours list for 2018.

53-year old Sarah Lewis was in the British Team for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

After retiring from competitive sport she became Alpine Director of the British Alpine ski team in 1990.

In 1994 she began working for the International Ski Federation, FIS, and in 2000 was appointed Secretary General.

She is also Secretary General of the Association of International Winter Sports Federations.

In 2008 she chaired the World Anti-Doping Agency Independent Observers panel at the Summer Olympics in Beijing.  

She was awarded it for 'Services to Sport'.

"It is an honour not only for myself but for the work we are doing at FIS to be recognised with such a prestigious award as an OBE," said Sarah.

"I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to work in sport and at the International Ski Federation, with so many dedicated professionals and volunteers who share the important values of sport and the positive role it plays in life, who I would like to thank with all sincerity.

"The message received through this humbling achievement is to further inspire my commitment to our ambitious work at FIS to be the best possible sports organisation."

For more details about Sarah see this PlanetSKI article from 2014 when she celebrated 20 years at the International Ski Federation.
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James McIntosh, 66, becomes an MBE for services to skiing and tourism in the north east of Scotland.

James McIntosh, MBEJames McIntosh, MBE

He spoke to BBC Scotland of the MBE.  

"It all started 40 years ago, I used to work at Glenshee and then decided to start our own ski area.

"Myself and three friends decided to make it a commercial venture. 

"The biggest problem was trying to convince the local regional council it was viable and to support it with opening the roads.

"Most of the memorable moments would be full car parks and queues everywhere - we try to make the best for the holidaymakers.

"I have a super lot of staff and that makes my job easier."

He added of the MBE: "My reaction is one of complete surprise, I never thought I would get a reward like this - I am really over the moon about it.

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