Paralympian Jonathan Adams believes the New Year’s Honours list shows there is still a long way to go with getting disabled sport on an even keel with able-bodied sport.
The Great Cornard resident, who shared a house with wheelchair athlete David Weir, controversially awarded only a CBE after winning four gold medals during London 2012, echoed former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe’s views a ‘big mistake’ was made in not recognising Paralympians in the same way as Olympians.
In total, 38 Olympians will have honours bestowed on them (2 knight/dame, 4 CBE, 4 OBE and 28 MBE) compared to 29 Paralympians (1 knight/dame, 1 CBE, 2 OBE, 25 MBE), despite Paralympics GB enjoying their most successful ever Games with a haul of 120 (target 103) at London 2012 (34 gold, 43 silver and 43 bronze) but no Paralympians featured in the top three of BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Team GB won 65 medals (target 48) (29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze).
Shot putter Adams, who made his Paralympic debut in summer, coming 14th out of 16 in F34 seated, said: “I support what he (Gerry Sutcliffe) says.
“It raises a lot of questions about the system they (members of the New Year’s Honours committee) use.
“In general it shows although London was a great thing for world sport, there is still a big division between disabled athletes compared to able-bodied athletes in society.”