A renowned abalone cook, outstanding athletes and a distinguished dancer were among those recognised by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen on the 2007 honours list. Sportsmen and coaches grabbed 22 places on the full honours list, marking their biggest presence since the handover. Top cyclist Wong Kam-po and long-time badminton coach Chan Chi-choi both received the Bronze Bauhinia Star. Badminton star Wang Chen and cyclist Cheung King-wai received the Medal of Honour. Former ballerina and popular ballet teacher Jean May Wong and Yeung Koon-yat, commonly known as the 'Abalone King', were awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star for their contributions to the development of arts and culture. World No6 table-tennis player Tie Yana, windsurfers Ho Chi-ho and Chan Wai-kei and table-tennis coach Chan Kong-wah received the Chief Executive's Commendation for Community Service. Tie, a first-time recipient, told the Sunday Morning Post from Nanjing that she was elated to be on the honours list. 'I am not originally from Hong Kong, but the honour serves as recognition of my efforts and appreciation of my achievements,' she said. Coach Chan Kong-wah, who has headed the Hong Kong men's table tennis team since 2001, said the awards presented to athletes and coaches this year showed that the government recognised their achievements. Mr Yeung said he was pleased to be given 'such a big honour', which noted his 'devotion to Chinese culinary arts and culture and the promotion of Hong Kong as a gourmet destination'. The cook, who opened his first abalone eatery in 1974, said he saw the award as an acknowledgement of his contribution to the catering industry. Former ballerina Ms Wong, who has taught more than 2,000 ballet and 400 art students since opening her first studio in 1960, said it was a great honour to be recognised. An employee of the South China Morning Post was also honoured with the Chief Executive's Commendation for Community Service. Dicky Hui Sau-hung, a 25-year member of the Civil Aid Service, had helped out at the Tai Lam Chung hill fire in November and the tsunami disaster relief in Phuket, Thailand in 2004. 'I am shocked, and at the same time happy,' he said. 'But I don't serve for any sort of repayment.'