Bolton School Senior Boys

Lifetime Achievement Award for Sir Philip

Old Boy and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Sir Philip Craven has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The honour is recognition for his commitment and contribution to UK sport which has also left an indelible mark on the industry, the judging panel at the 2012 Sport Industry Awards unanimously decided.

Sir Philip, a World and two-time European wheelchair basketball champion, was presented with the award by former teammate Armand "Tip" Thiboutot and NBA star John Amaechi at a central London ceremony.

He has been president of the IPC, the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, since 2001 and later this year will oversee his sixth Paralympic Games at London 2012. During his reign, the Paralympic Movement has enjoyed huge growth and now boasts more than 200 members, including 174 National Paralympic Committees across the globe.

IPC chief executive Xavier Gonzalez said: "Under his stewardship the Paralympic Movement has made enormous leaps forward, transforming from a disability sports organisation into a sports organisation."

Sir Philip made his Paralympic Games debut in 1972, competing in two sports - swimming and wheelchair basketball. He represented Britain in wheelchair basketball at a further four Paralympic Games between 1976 and 1988. He is also a member of the 1973 World and the 1971 and 1974 European championship-winning wheelchair basketball teams.

Sir Philip Craven

Sir Philip spoke about the Olympic and Paralympic legacy for the North-West of England at the School's prestigious annual Tillotson Lecture