Prof. Nick Webborn was among guests last week for an award ceremony for the Prince Philip medal at Buckingham Palace. The medal is awarded by the Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine (ISEM) for outstanding contributions to sport and exercise medicine. Prince Philip is the Patron of ISEM and Nick is a board member. The organisation was founded in 1958 and aims to encourage research and bring around change in sport and exercise policy. The Prince Philip medal was awarded to Dr Richard Budgett, now Chief Medical Officer for the IOC, but who was previously CMO with the BOA and the London 2012 Games.
The ceremony was followed by lunch in one of the State banqueting rooms, which according to Nick, “was superb and accompanied by some fantastic wines from the palace cellars, including a Gevrey-Chambertin 1996 and Graham’s Port 1977!”
Of the experience Nick said, “The Prince was a fantastic host and spoke jovially of his experiences with injuries from sport, including polo and carriage driving. At the age of ninety-three years he remains bright and active and with his lean shape he is an example to us all of keeping an active lifestyle throughout life to maintain health.”
Nick has known and worked with Dr Richard Budgett for over 20 years and said, “Richard has made a massive contribution to sports medicine in the UK, and as an athlete he “helped Steve Redgrave to his first gold medal” in the crew of the 1984 Olympic rowing team.” After the presentation Dr Budgett gave a talk outlining his work at the IOC and the importance of using the games to promote physical activity, including the IOC’s Active Cities projects.
Among the guests were Sir Phillip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee, Dame Tessa Jowell, who was integrally involved in bringing the games to London and Kevin Cahill, Chief Executive of Sport Relief and Comic Relief.