Huge congratulations to Sportswise’s Medical Director, Nick Webborn. Nick has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list for services to Paralympic Sports Medicine and the British Paralympic Association.
Professor Webborn has worked tirelessly to bring sports medicine to the Paralympic athlete, both for the British Paralympic Association and The International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Nick worked with LOCOG to bring the 2012 Games to London and was Chief Medical Officer for ParalympicsGB during the 2012 Games. Nick started the IPC‘s Injury surveillance programme in 2002 and has attended eight Paralympic Games in various roles. Professor Webborn’s academic research has been focused on injury and illness prevention and he is the most widely published author worldwide in this area.
As an athlete Nick represented Great Britain in Wheelchair Tennis in 2005 and in 2015 was named among the top 100 most influential people with a disability in the UK by the Shaw Trust.
Asked about receiving the news Doctor Webborn said: ‘It was a huge surprise and tremendous pleasure to open the letter telling me about this honour. It is truly humbling to be recognised in this way. It has been an enormous privilege to work with so many wonderful athletes and colleagues over this time. None of this would have been possible without the support of family, friends and colleagues. Thirty-four years ago when I lay in a hospital bed thinking that my life had ended, I can now look back and reflect that my own struggle has shaped my life to help advance a field of medicine for athletes with disabilities that had received little attention.”