Sir Philip Craven MBE

Sir Phillip represented Great Britain in wheelchair basketball at five Paralympic Games, from 1972 to 1988 as well as competing on the track and in the pool at the 1972 Games.

Hall of Fame Inductee - Sir Philip Craven MBE
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    Bolton, England

He won gold at the wheelchair basketball World Championships in 1973, and bronze in 1975, as well as two gold medals and a silver at the European Championships.  He also won gold at the European Champions Cup in 1994, and gold at the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Sir Phillip Craven has been President of the International Paralympic Committee since 2001 and is also a member of the International Olympic Committee.

He was President of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation from 1988-2002 and received the Juan Antonio Samaranch Disabled Athlete Award in recognition of his significant contribution to the world of sport. He also sat on the Board of London 2012 Bid and received a knighthood in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sir Philip was inducted to the Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2003.

"A lot of the barriers that people perceive have been knocked down by persons with a perceived disability because we are just not standing for being treated differently. We are people of the world like anyone else. I don't like the word disabled - it's a negativity and shouldn't be used. The great thing about paralympic athletes is that they get on with using what works and don't worry about what doesn't."

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