This year’s New Years Honours list has been dominated by stars of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
At the top of the list are sailor, Ben Ainslie and recent winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Bradley Wiggins, who have both been knighted and Paralympic cyclist, Sarah Storey who has become a dame.
Also on the list are heptathlete, Jessica Ennis, double Olympic champion, Mo Farah, cyclist Victoria Pendleton, rower, Katherine Grainger and Paralympic athlete, David Weir, who have all been made a CBE.
The tennis star, Andy Murray, who finally had a win at the Wimbledon grounds during the Olympics and Ellie Simmonds, the 18 year old Paralympic swimmer were both given OBE’s.
Performance directors, Dave Brailsford, the man behind the cycling successes and David Tanner, the man behind the rowing successes became sirs.
Lord Sebastian Coe was also recognised and commended, becoming a Companion of Honour, a special award given to those who have given a service of conspicuous national importance.
Non Olympic and Paralympic stars recognised on the list include OBE’s for actor Ewan McGregor and fashion designer Stella McCartney. Artist Tracey Emin, singer Kate Bush and former Strictly judge, Arlene Phillips have been made CBE’s, along with Cherie Blair who was recognised for her service to charity and women’s issues.
Copyright Speakers Corner 2017