Phil Craven

IOC member, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Geography (Honours), Manchester University (1969-1972)

Career

Group Head of Administration, British Coal Corporation (1986-1991)

Sports practised

Wheelchair basketball, swimming and table tennis

Sports career

Five time Paralympian in Wheelchair Basketball (1972-1988) and Swimming (1972); International Achievements in Wheelchair Basketball: Gold medal at the World Championship/Gold Cup (1973); Bronze medal at the World Championship/Gold Cup (1975); Gold medal at the European Championship (1971 and 1974); Silver medal at the European Championship (1993); Gold medal at the European Champions Cup (1994); Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games (1970)

Sports administration

President, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) since 2001; President (1988-2002) and Chief Executive Officer (1994-1998), International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF); Chairman, Classification Committee, Basketball Section ISMWSF (International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation) (1984-1988); Chairman, Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association (GBWBA) (1977-1980, 1984-1987, 1989-1994); Performance Director of the Great Britain Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team (1998-2002)

Awards and distinctions

La médaille d’argent de la Jeunesse et des Sports, France (1973); Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to Wheelchair Basketball (1991); induction into the Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame (2003); Gold Medal of the City of Athens by Mayor Dora Bakoyiannis (2004); Knight Bachelor by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to Paralympic Sport (2005); Juan Antonio Samaranch Disabled Athlete Award (2006); Gold Medal of the City of Torino by Mayor Ciamparino (2006); Honorary Doctorate of Science, Manchester Metropolitan University (2006); Order of Merit of the Italian Republic- Gran Ufficiale (2006); Chevalier de l’Ordre Ducal de la Croix de Bourgogne (2007); Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Nottingham University (2007): Honorary Doctorate, University of Staffordshire (2008)

IOC history

Member of the following Commissions: Sport and Environment (2002-2004), Coordination for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (2002-2008), Culture and Olympic Education (2005-), 2009 Congress (2006-)