Paralympian honours backlash

Leading Paralympian athletes have criticised what they believe to be inconsistencies in the sports-dominating New Years Honours list, where successful Paralympians missed out on top honours, with only cyclist Sarah Storey made a dame.

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New Year Honours 2013: Some key facts

  • A total of 1,223 people were recommended to the Queen for an award
  • 1,068 at the level of MBE, OBE and BEM - the British Empire Medal, which was reintroduced after 20 years in 2012 to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
  • Women make up 47% of the total list, which includes 13 dames.
  • Awards for sport make up 10% of the total honours
  • A special London 2012 and Paralympic Games list was created to recognise the nation's sportsmen and women.


OBE 'caps an amazing year' for swimmer Ellie Simmonds

Ellie Simmonds won four medals and broke two world records at London 2012
Ellie Simmonds won four medals and broke two world records at London 2012. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Swimmer Ellie Simmonds, the poster girl of this year's Paralympic Games, said she was proud to be awarded an OBE.

Simmonds, 18, won two more golds at London 2012 making her a four-time Paralympic champion.

She said: "It's been a great honour to be included in the list which caps an amazing year for me personally and for British sport."

Lord Coe: Honours list 'wonderful end' to 'unique' year

Lord Coe described the list as "a wonderful end to this unique Olympic and Paralympic Year".

It recognises the achievements of our sportsmen and women who inspired the nation.

This year's list also recognises those behind the scenes at Locog (the London 2012 organisers) for outstanding leadership and delivery of the world's largest sporting events.

I am incredibly proud of them all and our partners who made Britain proud this summer.

– Lord Coe, London 2012 Chairman


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