Bradley Wiggins knighted as Olympians dominate New Year Honours

Wiggins' knighthood caps a year in which he also won the Tour de France, Olympic Gold and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Photo: PA

Bradley Wiggins, the Mod from Kilburn who made sporting history by winning the Tour de France and an Olympic gold this year, is knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours.

Sir Bradley heads a sparkling list of sporting heroes, including sailor Ben Ainslie, who gets a knighthood, para-cyclist Sarah Storey, who is made a dame, and Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton, Mo Farah and David Weir, who all get CBEs.

Affectionately known as Wiggo, the first British winner of the Tour, said: "It's quite something really. I never imagined that I would ever become a knight so it's an incredible honour but there's a slight element of disbelief, and it will take a while to sink in.

"There was never any doubt whether I'd accept it or not, it was more a case that I never saw myself as a sir, and I probably never will."

There was also recognition for those behind the Games. Lord Coe, who becomes a Companion of Honour, while Jean Tomlin, who led the Games Maker programme, gets an OBE.

Cyclist Sarah Storey poses with her Paralympic gold medals. Credit: PA

Dame Sarah Storey, 35, is honoured for services to para-cycling after winning four gold medals at London 2012, taking her Paralympic gold medal total to 11, and one of the country's most successful Paralympians.

She said: "I can't believe the number of times we've said this year, 'Oh, can 2012 possibly get any better?'. We feel so fortunate that 2012 will always stand out as being the most incredible year."

Ben Ainslie celebrates winning his fourth Olympic gold medal this summer. Credit: PA

Knighthoods go to Ainslie, the most decorated sailor in Olympic history with four gold medals at four consecutive Games, and Dave Brailsford and David Tanner, performance directors at British Cycling and British Rowing, who drove their teams to success at London 2012.

Ainslie said: "This is an incredible honour. When I set out Olympic sailing 20 years ago, I never would have dreamt this would happen."

CBEs go to some of sport's biggest household names:

OBEs go to:

Among those to get MBEs:

The honours also recognise those who contributed to London 2012 in a "non-sporting capacity", although Danny Boyle, creator of the epic opening ceremony, is missing amid speculation he turned down an honour.

Away from sport, the Companion of Honour goes to Professor Peter Higgs, namesake of the Higgs boson or so-called "God particle", which was finally proved to exist in July, 48 years after he first proposed it.

Illustrator Quentin Blake, who is to be knighted, stands alongside a selection of his illustrations. Credit: PA

There is a knighthood for illustrator Quentin Blake and CBEs for artist Tracey Emin, choreographer Arlene Phillips and singer/songwriter Kate Bush.

Bush said she was "deeply honoured", while former Strictly Come Dancing judge Phillips said: "I am very pleasantly surprised but mostly absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive such a wonderful honour".

Tony Blair's wife Cherie is given a CBE in recognition of her service to women's issues and to charity in the UK and overseas, actor Ewan McGregor and fashion designer Stella McCartney get OBEs, and former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash gets an MBE.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe gets a knighthood while Jonathan Evans, head of MI5, is made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.

Recognised with an MBE in the Diplomatic and Overseas list is Captain Raymond "Jerry" Roberts, one of the four founder members of Bletchley Park's Testery section, tasked with breaking the German top-level code Tunny.

An MBE also goes to Penelope Clough, 53, who set up the Justice For Jane Campaign with husband John after her daughter was murdered by her ex-partner in 2010 whilst he was on bail.

Recipients of the British Empire Medal (BEM), reintroduced in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours, include Mandy Painter, who has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Starlight Children's Foundation, which grants wishes for seriously ill children, after her 11-year-old son died of a brain tumour.

Sports makes up about 10% of the awards, education 10%, health 7%, and industry and the economy make up 12%.