London 2012 stars get honours

Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists Jade Jones, Mark Colbourne, Josie Pearson and Aled Sion Davies are recognised in the New Year Honours list. British cycling mastermind Dave Brailsford, originally from North Wales, is knighted.

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Honours for Welsh politicians

Roger Williams
Roger Williams has been MP for Brecon and Radnorshire since 2001 Credit: Johnny Green / PA Archive / Press Association Images

Several Welsh politicians have also been recognised on the New Year Honours list. Liberal Democrat MP Roger Williams has been given a CBE for public and political service.

Dr Rodney Berman, who was the Liberal Democrat leader of Cardiff Council until May 2012, has been given an OBE for services to local government and the community in Cardiff.

London 2012 athletes celebrate honours

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finally arrived in Sydney! And to top it off I've been awarded an MBE! What an end to an incredible year!!! Thank you everyone!!! #Honoured

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What a way to end the most amazing year, to be named on the New Years honours list! Wow! #MBE

MBE for Alzheimer's carer

Justine Pickering
Justine says she's 'thrilled and delighted' to be recognised Credit: ITV News Wales

Justine Pickering, who founded a respite centre in Barry for people with early-onset Alzheimer's and their families, has been given an MBE. She has been recognised 'for services to people with dementia and for charitable services to the NSPCC.'

Justine's mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. She opened the 'Ty Hapus' centre last year. It's the first support centre of its kind in Wales - offering facilities both for people with dementia and a cafe area for their families.

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Sir Dave Brailsford: 'It will take some getting used to'

Dave Brailsford, the British cycling director from North Wales, who has been knighted as part of the New Year Honours list, says it sounds 'weird' to be referred to as 'Sir' and 'it's going to take some getting used to.'

The 48-year-old, who's from Gwynedd, insists he's 'the lucky one' to be recognised for 'very much a team effort.' He's famous for his coaching philosophy of finding 'marginal gains', and shares a secret of his success here - 'clarity' of purpose is vital for any sports team.