UKSA Vice-Chair recognised in New Year’s Honours List

Janice Eaglesham speaking at a Scottish Disability Sport conference

The UK Sports Association is delighted to see that our Vice-Chair, Janice Eaglesham has been honoured in the New Year’s Honours list with an MBE.

Janice’s husband, Ian Mirfin, who is the Event Lead – Paralympic Athletes for Scottish Athletics has also been awarded an MBE for services to disability sport.

Janice has been involved with disability sport in Scotland for more than 30 years and has held the post of Scottish Disability Sport Chair since 2014.

Together, Ian and Janice set up Red Star Athletics Club in Glasgow in 1990. Since then they have assisted in the development of nearly 20 Paralympic and World Championships medallists and have transformed numerous lives for people with physical, sensory and intellectual impairments.

Janice and Ian also won the ‘Unsung hero’ award back in 2011 as part of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

UKSA Chief Executive Tracey McCillen said: “I am thrilled that Janice and Ian have been recognised in this way and really cannot think of two more deserving recipients. Both have always been so supportive of what we are doing here at the UK Sports Association and have been incredibly generous with their time and expertise over the years.

“On behalf of us all here at UKSA and the many athletes and families they have in the past supported and will no doubt continue to do so into the future, I extend our thanks and huge congratulations on their MBEs.”

Janice and Ian are also two of UKSA’s learning disability and sport training experts who are delivering the UK Sports Association’s Engage! Workshop series, which is currently touring the UK, raising awareness of learning disability.