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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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New Year Honours 2013: Dame Sarah Storey

Dame Sarah Storey, 35, is honoured for services to para-cycling after winning four gold medals at London 2012.

With a Paralympic gold medal total of 11, Storey, who is expecting her first child, equals Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dave Roberts as one of the country's most successful Paralympians.

ParalympicsGB cyclist Sarah Storey has been made a dame Credit: Press Association

She said: "Wow, I am speechless but incredibly honoured and extremely proud to be able to accept the DBE.

"I never expected any additional awards after my sporting success, I love competing for my country and that is a huge honour in itself.

"Now to be a dame is beyond anything I could have ever imagined and I cannot thank my family, friends, coaches and support staff over all the years enough for their devotion in helping me to follow the path of becoming the best athlete I can possibly be."

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