Lifetime Achievement Award for IPC President

Sports Industry Awards, UK
05/11/2012 16:00

Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President, received a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Sport Industry Awards in London last week.  The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises people whose work and dedication has changed the face of the sport industry forever.



According to the judging panel Craven has made a seismic contribution to UK sport and his commitment and presence has stamped an indelible mark on the sport industry over a number of decades.


Nick Keller, Chairman of the Sport Industry Group, commented:


"Sir Philip Craven has fought tirelessly and at times against fierce opposition in his 40-year quest for self-determination and the advancement of wheelchair basketball and the Paralympic Movement as a whole.”  


“The Sport Industry Awards judges were unanimous in their decision to award Sir Philip this Award, and I know their admiration for his achievements is echoed not just in this country, or on this continent, but all around the world."


In 1991, the same year he took up his current post, Sir Craven received an MBE in recognition of his services to wheelchair basketball and in 2005 was knighted for his services to Paralympic Sport.  Before becoming IPC President he was president of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation having previously held roles at national and international level within the sport.  Furthermore he also represented Great Britain as an athlete at five Paralympic Games between 1972 and 1988.  

This year Sir Philip Craven will oversee a sixth Paralympic Games as IPC President.  Throughout his presidency, the Paralympic Movement has grown significantly and now includes 200 members, thereof 174 National Paralympic Committees across the globe.   


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