Paralympic star hits out at Honours claim

Sutton's six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir has taken to twitter to dispel any suggestion that he is not happy with his CBE:

I am extremely happy to have been given a CBE and have never agreed with 'celebs' being awarded them...but at the end of the day it is an amazing honour and not to be turned down.I simply was saying that because of people in previous honours lists, Sarah (Storey) should have been honoured a long time ago...I certainly wasn't saying I deserved a knighthood or trying to take away from anyone that has been awarded one. I am proud to be British and have been honoured...this is for my children and as long as they are proud of their old man in a wheelchair that's all I need.

– David Weir, Paralympian (@davidweir2012)

Yesterday it was reported that the wheelchair racer was unhappy that Paralympians seemingly have to work harder to earn recognition than their non-disabled counterparts.

Weir is the only disabled athlete among five CBEs with only two Paralympians receiving OBEs.

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Honours criticised

Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott, Mo Farah and David Weir are among the Olympians recognised in the 2013 New Year Honours. But Weir has told a newspaper that he feels Paralympians are sometimes left out, because they are not in the public eye.