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2013 New Year Honours see cyclist Bradley Wiggins knighted along with sailor Ben Ainslie. David Weir, Mo Farah and Jess Ennis get CBEs.
Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock has joined calls by Sam Ruddock that six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir should have received a knighthood rather than an CBE on this year's honours list.
Paralympic sprinter Sam Ruddock suggested six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir should have received a knighthood rather than an CBE on this year's honours list.
He wrote on Twitter:
Olympic gold medallists Ed McKeever and Alistair Brownlee have taken to Twitter after receiving MBEs in the honours list:
Delighted to receive an MBE. Looking forward to meeting the Queen.From @AliBrownleetri on Twitter:
Thank you for all the lovely tweets. CBE it doesn't seem real. What an honour and what a year!From @J_Ennis on Twitter:
Hmmm I quite like the sound of jade jones MBE :) hahaFrom @jadejonestkd on Twitter:
Former rugby international JJ Williams told ITV Wales he is 'absolutely thrilled' to be awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list, admitting: 'I thought it had passed me by.'
The former Wales winger said he'd told his family the news after they'd enjoyed a Christmas lunch together.
Six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir said he was "honoured" to receive a CBE, but suggested Paralympians have to work harder than their Olympic counterparts to earn recognition.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Weir said, "I would have been disappointed if Sarah Storey had not been made a dame because she deserves it with 11 gold medals".
"It's a weird one how they choose it. Sometimes it seems that Paralympians have to win lots and lots of medals to get a damehood or a knighthood", he continued. "Kelly Holmes was made a dame when she won two gold medals, but it seems we have to get into double figures to get it".
"Sarah Storey should have been awarded this years ago, and I just feel that sometimes we are left out perhaps because we are not in the public eye", Weir added.
Weir is the only Paralympian among the five athletes awarded CBEs, while only two disabled athletes received OBEs in the list published today.
A former sports minister has said that the decision to award Mo Farah a CBE is wrong, arguing that he deserves a higher accolade.
Former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe told the Sun newspaper:
– Gerry Sutcliffe
Mo’s a national hero. I think it’s a mistake if Wiggins and Ainslie are honoured like this and Mo isn’t.
Mo’s a double gold-medal winner and you look at his performances over a period of time and he’s equal with those two in terms of performance and dedication.
Given what a knighthood for Mo would have done to inspire athletes all over the UK, you have to ask what’s going on.
Natasha Baker won two para-equestrian titles at London 2012 and has been awarded an MBE.
Here she speaks about her Paralympics experience this summer:
MI5 chief Jonathan Evans's appointment as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath comes during a long career dedicated to fighting terrorism.
The Security Service director general took the top job almost six years ago at a time of unprecedented public focus on the agency in the wake the 9/11 attacks in the United States and the July 7 Tube bombings in London in 2005.
Sir Jonathan said: "It's a privilege to lead MI5 and I view this honour as a recognition of the significant contribution by the men and women of the Security Service in securing the Olympics this year and the country every year."