SHEFFIELD Olympic heroes Jessica Ennis and Seb Coe head a sparkling list of sporting heroes to be recognised in the 2013 New Year Honours.
Jess, aged 26, who recently moved from Millhouses to Dore, has been made a CBE after winning heptathlon Olympic gold this year.
She said: “It’s a huge honour to be receiving a CBE. What an amazing ending to a fantastic year.”
And Lord Coe, a former Tapton School pupil who was brought up in Sheffield, becomes a Companion of Honour after masterminding the success of London 2012.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Bradley Wiggins, the Mod from Kilburn who made sporting history by winning the Tour de France and Olympic gold, is knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours.
Sailor Ben Ainslie gets a knighthood, para-cyclist Sarah Storey is made a dame and Victoria Pendleton, Mo Farah and David Weir all get CBEs. Affectionately known as Wiggo, the first British winner of the Tour, said: “It’s quite something really. I never imagined that I would ever become a knight so it’s an incredible honour but there’s a slight element of disbelief, and it will take a while to sink in.
“There was never any doubt whether I’d accept it or not, it was more a case that I never saw myself as a sir, and I probably never will.”
The sporting stars who achieved so much at London 2012 meant a special honours list was added this year.
There was also recognition for Jean Tomlin, who led the Games Maker programme, who gets an OBE.
Sir Bradley’s knighthood is undoubtedly the icing on the cake in a year which saw him win the Tour de France, take Olympic gold in London, then be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Dame Sarah, 35, is honoured for services to para-cycling after winning four gold medals at London 2012, taking her Paralympic gold medal total to 11, and one of the country’s most successful Paralympians.
She said: “I can’t believe the number of times we’ve said this year, ‘Oh, can 2012 possibly get any better?’. We feel so fortunate that 2012 will always stand out as being the most incredible year.” Knighthoods go to Ainslie, the most decorated sailor in Olympic history with four gold medals at four consecutive Games, and Dave Brailsford and David Tanner, performance directors at British Cycling and British Rowing, who drove their teams to success at London 2012.
CBEs go to some of sport’s biggest household names – rower Katherine Grainger, cyclist Pendleton, wheelchair athlete Weir, and Farah, who captured the nation’s hearts with his double gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m.
OBEs go to equestrians Sophie Christiansen and Charlotte Dujardin, tennis hero Andy Murray, paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds and cycling couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny.
Among those to get MBEs are boxer Nicola Adams; canoeist Timothy Baillie; equestrians Laura Bechtolsheimer and Carl Hester; rowers Katherine Copeland and Helen Glover; wheelchair racer ‘Hurricane’ Hannah Cockcroft; and paralympic swimmer Josef Craig.
Triathlon gold medallist Alistair Brownlee gets an MBE but brother Jonathan, who took bronze, misses out, while the MBE also goes to Welsh Tae Kwon Do gold medallist Jade Jones, Paralympic poster boy Jonnie Peacock, long jump hero Greg Rutherford and gymnast Louis Smith. Away from sport, the Companion of Honour goes to Professor Peter Higgs, namesake of the Higgs boson or so-called ‘God particle’, which was finally proved to exist in July, 48 years after he first proposed it.
There is a knighthood for illustrator Quentin Blake and CBEs for artist Tracey Emin, choreographer Arlene Phillips and singer/songwriter Kate Bush.
Tony Blair’s wife Cherie is given a CBE in recognition of her service to women’s issues and to charity in the UK and overseas, actor Ewan McGregor and fashion designer Stella McCartney get OBEs, and former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash gets an MBE.
Jonathan Evans, head of MI5, is made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.
Recognised with an MBE in the Diplomatic and Overseas list is Captain Raymond ‘Jerry’ Roberts, one of the four founder members of Bletchley Park’s Testery section, tasked with breaking the German top-level code Tunny.
An MBE also goes to Penelope Clough, 53, who set up the Justice For Jane Campaign with husband John after her daughter was murdered by her ex-partner, while he was on bail, in 2010.
Recipients of the British Empire Medal (BEM) include Mandy Painter, who has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which grants wishes for seriously ill children, after her 11-year-old son died of a brain tumour.