“It was great to be back in Liverpool, the city where I played and trained during most of my Wheelchair Basketball career,” Sir Philip said.
The prestigious recognition is considered the highest award given from Liverpool John Moores University, and in delivering the fellowship the institution wished to acknowledge publicly its high regard for Sir Philip and in turn sought the reciprocal honour of being associated with the Honorary Fellow.
The Honorary Fellowships was awarded for Sir Philip’s outstanding contributions to the development of the Paralympic Movement. In receiving the award, Sir Philip said he was thrilled to be recognized from the institution, noting the global importance it held for the Paralympic Movement and Paralympic Sport, as well as the personal connection he had to the area.
“It was great to be back in Liverpool, the city where I played and trained during most of my Wheelchair Basketball career,” Sir Philip said. “It was also brilliant to be recognized by the Liverpudlians, including one of my best friends, Gerry Kinsella, one of the greatest Wheelchair Basketball players that the world has ever seen”
The Honorary Fellowship was presented during the graduation ceremony of the Liverpool John Moores University at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
In the past, Honorary Fellowships were awarded to Steven Gerrard (Footballer), James Dyson (Inventor), Ken Dodd (Comedian), Delia Smith (Chef), Sue Johnston (Actress) and Paul Heathcote (Chef).
Liverpool John Moores University is a modern university in Liverpool, Great Britian. It is named after John Moores and was previously called Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts and later Liverpool Polytechnic before gaining university status in 1992. Currently, the university serves more than 24,000 students, comprising 20,270 undergraduate students and 4,100 postgraduate students, making it the largest institution in Liverpool by student population
For more information about John Moores University, please visit www.livjm.ac.uk.