Olympic & Paralympic honours

The chief organiser of the London Olymipcs, Lord Coe, received a top honour at Buckingham Palace today. Olympic and Paralympic champions were also presented with awards.

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The "Weirwolf" receives a CBE

David Weir poses with his CBE. Credit: John Stillwell, PA

Paralympics superstar David Weir received a CBE at Buckingham Palace today, after collecting a haul of gold medals at London 2012.

The wheelchair racer from Sutton was unbeaten during last year's Games, winning gold in the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and the T54 Marathon.

David Weir receives his CBE from the Princess Royal. Credit: Dominic Lipinski, PA

After the ceremony, the sportsman recalled his memories of last summer: "It was just a special time for any Paralympian - we knew it was going to be big because it was going to be in our home city, but just to go out and hear that crowd every day was just an amazing feeling."

He added: "It was the first time we didn't feel disabled, we felt like athletes, we felt like Olympians - we felt like we should have been there.

"Seeing that stadium full for morning sessions was just unbelievable, it was just a dream come true. I felt like I was dreaming all the time, I just felt 'This is not real'. I thought someone was going to wake me up and I was going to race into an empty stadium.

"I felt so proud to be British and we pulled that off. You've got to thank Seb Coe and Locog and everyone else for telling us it would be the best Paralympics ever."


Top honour for Olympics boss

Lord Coe receives his honour from Princess Anne. Credit: Dominic Lipinski, PA

The chief organiser of the London Olymipcs received a top honour at Buckingham Palace today. Lord Coe was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour by Princess Anne.

Speaking afterwards, he said that he shared the award with the many other people who had helped make the 2012 games such a success.

He said: "It's a lovely honour and I'm deeply flattered but it is really signal recognition for the extraordinary work of so many people: our teams at Locog....but also the people of Britain whose generosity of spirit helped get us across the line."

He added: "The thing that always makes me most proud is the community effort that went into this, whether the teams at Locog or the armed services during the Games themselves, all our volunteers, our business and commercial partners - everybody played a part."

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