Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and David Weir rewarded as London 2012’s sporting stars dominate New Year Honours List
Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and David Weir have each become a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) after their golden performances at London 2012.
The 2013 list is dominated by sporting stars and coaches from this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games following their success.
The honours cap an incredible year for the athletics trio, with Farah winning the 5,000 and 10,000 metres in London, Ennis storming to Olympic heptathlon gold and Paralympic wheelchair racer Weir winning four gold medals this summer.
Ennis voiced her delight at receiving the honour on Twitter. “CBE it doesn’t seem real,” she said. “What an honour and what a year!”
Britain’s other Olympic and Paralympic champions have each been honoured with the Member of the British Empire (MBE), unless they have already been honoured in the past.
Greg Rutherford, who won long jump gold on ‘Super Saturday’ receives an MBE alongside Paralympians Mickey Bushel, Hannah Cockroft, Aled Davies, Jonnie Peacock, Josie Pearson and Richard Whitehead.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, welcomed the recognition of those who helped make London 2012 such a success.
“The success of the London 2012 Games was not down to chance – it was down to a cast of thousands of athletes, volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly to ensure our city delivered on its promise to put on the greatest show on earth,” he said.
“There can be no doubt that the efforts of Team GB and Paralympics GB provided a truly amazing spectacle, inspiring people into sport, and it is only right they are properly honoured for their contribution.”
Alongside the athletes, London 2012 officials have also been recognised, with chairman Sebastian Coe awarded a Companion of Honour.
Paul Deighton, Chief Executive Officer of LOCOG, is knighted for services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games while LOCOG Deputy Chair Sir Keith Mills receives a Knight Grand Cross (GBE).
London 2012 Director of Sport Debbie Jevans and Director of the Cultural Olympiad Ruth MacKenzie receive CBEs while Jackie Brock-Doyle, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at LOCOG, receives an OBE.
Cherry Alexander , Head of Competition and International Relations at UK Athletics, joins Sheila Carey in receiving an MBE.
Alexander, who has worked in athletics for over 30 years and is a driving force at UKA, receives her MBE for services to sport, while Carey, who reached the finals of the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games and now works with disabled athletes, receives hers for services to disability athletics.