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Last Updated: Wednesday December 31 2008 09:21 GMT

Queen honours swim star Ellie

Ellie goes for gold

Paralympian Ellie Simmonds has become the youngest person ever to be included in the New Year Honours list.

The 14-year-old is to get an MBE from the Queen. It's the latest in a string of awards for Ellie, who won two Paralympic gold medals for swimming.

Fellow swimmer Rebecca Adlington is to be honoured with the OBE after her double Olympic gold in Beijing.

World champion Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton is celebrating an MBE after his best year of racing.

Rebecca and Ellie with their gold medals
Rebecca and Ellie with their gold medals
Dozens of sporting stars have been recognised for catapulting Team GB to fourth place in the Olympic medal table and second place in the Paralympics.

Cycling champion Chris Hoy gets one of the highest honours - a knighthood. It was a double celebration for his family - his mum Carol is to receive an MBE for her work in healthcare.

Sailing away

Chris Hoy
Another award for Chris Hoy
Fellow cyclist Bradley Wiggins, who took home two golds from Beijing, gets a CBE, and Britain's three female Olympic champion cyclists Nicole Cooke, Victoria Pendleton, and Rebecca Romero, will get MBEs.

Ben Ainslie, who is Britain's most successful Olympic sailor after winning a gold medal in each of the last three Games, is to be awarded the CBE.

Other honours

Away from sport, and there were awards for six heroes who helped people during the terrorist attacks in London in 2005.

Fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett gets a knighthood and fashion designer Anya Hindmarch, famous for her eco-friendly I'm Not A Plastic Bag bag, gets an MBE.