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.

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