Scottish Hockey is delighted to report that former Scotland Women’s captain Tracey Menzies has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in recognition for her services to women’s hockey.

A Scotland and Great Britain internationalist, she was capped 153 times and captained the women’s team at the 1998 World Cup in Holland and the 2002 Commonwealth Games in England.

She had spent seventeen years of her successful hockey career between the posts for Glasgow outfit Milne Craig Western, before moving to AAM Merlins Gordonians, where she is still an active player and member, and played a crucial role in the club’s 2005 District Cup victory.

Commenting on her MBE award, she said, “I am overwhelmed by the fact that I have been considered worthy of this award. It goes without saying that it would not have been possible for me to play at the top level for such a long period of time without the tremendous support I received from my Scotland and Glasgow Western teammates, and the guys at Gordonians who let me train with them for many years. I also need to thank the numerous coaches, in particular Neil Menzies and Mike Gilbert, who have helped me throughout my career. I'd also like to thank the staff at the Scottish and Grampian Institutes of Sport, and of course, Scottish Hockey."

Now a real estate lawyer in Aberdeen with McGrigor’s, Menzies continued, "It's great to receive the recognition but at the same time it is for something I really enjoyed doing. I had a lot of fun playing hockey for Scotland. I played alongside wonderful friends and I have lots of happy memories. To be capped for your country, whatever your sport, is a superb honour and I am delighted this MBE is raising the profile of a sport which has given a lot to me."

Menzies is still very much active in hockey, fitting in the odd goal-keeping session with her club, and is also a board member of Grampian Institute of Sport.

Her MBE will be awarded at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace or Holyrood Palace in June.

A fantastic servant to the sport of hockey in Scotland, Scottish Hockey congratulates her on her fine achievement.

Source: Scottish Hockey Union media release