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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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OBE 'caps an amazing year' for swimmer Ellie Simmonds

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."

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