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Thursday, 18 October 2012
Old Boy and President of the Paralympic Association, Sir Philip Craven, has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Tower FM.
Sir Philip was especially prominent over the summer in his role as Head of the Paralympic Association. At the Opening Ceremony he escorted Her Majesty the Queen into the stadium and sat beside her whilst another Old Boy, Sir Ian McKellen, co-narrated a scientific ‘journey of discovery’ with Professor Stephen Hawking; McKellen taking on the role of Prospero, a character from Shakespeare's The Tempest in the spectacular ceremony.
Sir Philip, who attended the School in the 1960s, was always a keen sportsman and, after a climbing accident, he represented Great Britain in wheelchair basketball in five Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988. He also competed in track and field events at the 1972 Games.
He won gold at the wheelchair basketball World Championships in 1973, and bronze in 1975, as well as two gold medals (1971, 1974) and a silver (1993) at the European Championships. He also won gold at the European Champions Cup in 1994, and gold at the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.
Craven was elected as the second President of the International Paralympic Committee in 2001, a position he continues to hold today. He was knighted in June 2005.
In the run-up to London 2012 Sir Philip visited the School along with his friend and colleague Lord Coe to give the Tillotson Lecture when they talked about the Games and its legacy.
Sir Philip could not attend on the night and was represented by James Roberts, who left Bolton School in the summer, and ,during his time at the School, was Captain of the England Cerebral Palsy Development Football squad. He is currently studying Medicine at the University of Liverpool.
The Local Heroes Awards Ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn in Bolton.