AP McCoy, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Steph Houghton are just three of the names from the world of sport who have been named on the New Year's Honours List for 2016. In fact, people from sport account for 4% of those who feature on it.
IBTimes UK takes a look at the sporting personalities who are to be knighted or will receive CBEs, MBEs and OBEs.
A knighthood for champion jump jockey, AP McCoy, who retired as the UK's most celebrated jockey in 2015.
A CBE for former Manchester United and Scotland footballer Denis Law for services to football and to charity.
A CBE for former Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and England footballer Francis Lee for services to football and to charity.
An OBE for 2015 Tour de France champion Chris Froome.
An OBE for five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.
An OBE for sports commentator Sue Barker and an MBE to sports broadcaster
A CBE for John Surtees for services to motorsport, the only person ever to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels.
An MBE for Tracey Neville, head coach of the England netball squad, who won the bronze medal at the 2015 Netball World Cup.
An MBE for super bantamweight champion boxer Carl Frampton, who successfully defended is IBF title twice in 2015.
An MBE for Steph Houghton, captain of the England women's football team, who finished third in the 2015 World Cup.
An MBE for Fara Williams, most capped player of the England women's football team.
There are also awards to grassroots sport figures including MBEs for Ian Mirfin and Janice Eaglesham, co-founders of Red Star Athletics Club in Glasgow for their contribution to disabled sport.