Phil Lane was today (20 July) presented with an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University in recognition of his contribution to sport.
Lane is the former Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, the second largest multi-sport organisation in the UK. He is also Director of Paralympic World Cup Ltd, responsible for creating the first multi-sport ‘World Cup’ style Paralympic event outside the Paralympic Games, and Director of Team 2012 Ltd, a partnership of several groups involved in London 2012.
Phil, who was included in The Times Power 100 in Sport in 2010, is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of Paralympic sport in the UK, and the funding, management and organisation of the Great Britain, Winter and Summer Paralympic Teams at the Paralympic Games.
A former rugby player, after injury curtailed his career he coached Saracens, among others at senior club level and has also been head coach with England under-18s.
Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “I’m a strong believer that both sport and education have an ability to bring people together and get the best out of them and so it’s a pleasure to recognise one of the key players in British sport with this honorary degree. The students who graduated alongside Phil will be inspired by his achievements.”
Phil collected his honorary doctorate at a ceremony at the University's Hendon Campus (North London) today.
The award is made as part of the University’s annual graduation celebrations, with honorary degrees presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or the community.