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Hoy knighted for cycling success

Chris Hoy
Chris Hoy won three gold medals in Beijing

Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy has received a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.

The 32-year-old, who lives in Salford, became the first British athlete for 100 years to clinch three gold medals at the same Olympic Games in Beijing.

He won the team sprint, Keirin and match sprint at the games in Beijing.

Other local cyclists to be honoured include Victoria Pendleton, from Wilmslow, and Jason Kenny, from Bolton, who have both been appointed MBE.

Cyclists Paul Manning and Jamie Staff, from Stockport, Rebecca Romero from Hatchmere, Cheshire, and paralympic cyclist Anthony Kappes were also appointed MBE.

Husband and wife team Barney and Sarah Storey were also given the honour.

Barney was the pilot rider to Kappes in the paralympic cycling tandem, and Sarah scooped gold medals in the paralympic cycling individual pursuit and road time trial.

'Amazing honour'

On receiving a knighthood, Hoy, who was born in Edinburgh, said: "To get it from doing something you love, riding your bike - it was a hobby then it became a career.

"To become a knight from riding your bike, it's mad. But it is, genuinely, just an amazing honour, it's also great for the sport.

"For cycling, it's a big deal. I always try to do what I can to promote my sport because I think it's a great thing to do. It's great for kids or for anybody to do at any level whether it's elite level or just doing it for fun."

Outside the sporting world, Professor Martin Taylor, professor in pure mathematics from the University of Manchester, has also received a knighthood.

Anthony Durrant, from Stockport, a justice of the peace and an equal opportunities campaigner, has been appointed MBE for services to the voluntary sector in the North West.

Former Greater Manchester Police detective superintendent, Tony Brett, has been awarded a Queen's Police Medal.

And teacher Tarun Kapur, from Warrington, Cheshire, who is the executive head at three Greater Manchester schools, has been appointed CBE for services to education.

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