Lee Pearson said it will take some time for him to get his head around the"enormity" of being given a knighthood in the New Year Honours for services to equestrianism.

The honour made for a memorable end to 2016, which saw him win an 11thParalympic gold at the Rio Games, taking his overall tally to 14 medals spanning five Paralympic Games.

Pearson, who carried the flag for Great Britain at the opening ceremony inBrazil, added the Individual Freestyle grade Ib gold as well as silver in thedressage at Deodoro Park in Rio.

The 42-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent said:

I am deeply humbled and truly delighted to have received this prestigious honour of knighthood.

Lee Pearson

Born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita - a condition which sees scartissue form instead of healthy muscle, leaving limbs twisted - Pearson had been appointed MBE in the 2001 New Year Honours for services to disabled sports.

Following his continued success at the highest level, Pearson was againhonoured with the OBE two years later and received the CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours.

Whilst this honour acknowledges achievement, it's as much about recognising the story and the struggle of the Paralympic movement and people with disabilities.

Lee Pearson