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Paralympic legend celebrates the Games at Royal Holloway

Posted on 18/10/2011
Philip Craven

Five-time Paralympian Sir Philip Craven MBE will be visiting Royal Holloway, University of London on Monday (24 October) for a special lecture to celebrate the Paralympic Movement in the lead up to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The origins of the Paralympic Movement can be traced to Stoke Mandeville, UK in the 1940s where the then ‘International Stoke Mandeville Games’ were held coinciding with the 1948 London Olympics. The Paralympic Movement encapsulates a vast network of international organisations and individuals as it inspires and excites the communities it touches.

Sir Philip, who represented Great Britain in Wheelchair Basketball from 1969 to 1993 and Swimming in 1972, became the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 2001.

This lecture is just one of a series of events to celebrate Royal Holloway’s role in the 2012 Games as an official Olympic Village. At the lecture, Sir Philip will be discussing what it means to be entrusted with leading such an international organization and how the Paralympic Games are a beacon of inspiration and an agent for societal change for countless organizations.

The lecture is organised by the IPC Academy, the education division of the International Paralympic Committee and partner of the World Academy of Sport, in collaboration with Royal Holloway.

It is through the IPC Academy partnership that Royal Holloway offers a world first Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Management (Paralympic Sport), which provides five students with the chance to work with the IPC as interns.

Professor Jeffrey Unerman, Head of the School of Management, said: “It is an honour to welcome Sir Philip Craven to speak at the College. This lecture offers our students, staff, alumni, the local community and broader sport community a real insight into this complex and inspirational Movement.

“It is through the College’s links with the IPC Academy and the World Academy of Sport that we have been able to bring this lecture to the College and also offer our students the opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the international area of event management through the internships.”  

The lecture is open to members of the public. Admission free, no booking necessary.

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