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Sarah Storey OBE receives honorary degree from The University of Manchester

10 Dec 2012

Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian, Sarah Storey OBE, has today received an honorary degree from The University of Manchester in recognition of her Paralympic achievements.

Sarah Storey
Sarah Storey

She received her award at a packed ceremony in the University’s Whitworth Hall. Sarah said: “It’s always an honour to be recognised locally – I used to train at the Aquatics Centre just over the road and I often ride past the University when I’m training now, but to be invited to accept this honour is just amazing for me, as it is to receive any honour from your home city, so I’m really proud.”

Sarah is one of the world's most versatile athletes having won World and Paralympic Gold medals in both swimming (six Golds) and cycling (five). In total, she has won eleven Gold, eight Silver and three Bronze medals in six Paralympic Games.

Her tally of 22 medals puts her level with wheelchair athlete Baroness Grey-Thompson and swimmer Dave Roberts in career titles.

In London 2012, she topped the medal table for the British Team with four Gold Medals from four events,  including an impressive World Record in her first event, the C5 Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit.

Sarah, 35, is still based in Disley where she grew up, and regularly trains in Cheshire and the Peak District as well as at the Manchester Velodrome.

To cap a glorious year, Sarah has also been named as one of the contenders for BBC Sports Personality of the Year after being named on the 12-person shortlist last week.  The winner will be decided by a public vote on the night of the event at London’s ExCeL Arena on Sunday.

The University also took the opportunity to honour two of its former students earlier today.

Paul McCreesh and Dr Duncan Casson both received the 2012 Alumni Association Award of Outstanding Alumnus.   

Over the past thirty years Paul McCreesh has established himself at the highest levels of classical music in both the UK and overseas since graduating from Manchester with a Mus.B. degree in 1981. 

He has earned a reputation as one of the industry’s most innovative and dynamic artistic directors and conductors. He regularly works with orchestras and choirs across the globe.

Dr Duncan Casson is one of the UK’s most respected developers of biological medicines. A native of Denton – and named after Manchester United’s famous ‘Busby babe’ Duncan Edwards - Duncan graduated in 1980 with an honours degree in biochemistry.

In 2005 he set up a small biotech company - PanGenetics UK - to develop therapeutic antibodies targeting Crohns disease and chronic pain. Within five years he had taken PanGenetics from start-up to one of the most talked-about names in biochemistry, having successfully developed a new therapeutic antibody to ease the plight of millions of sufferers of chronic pain.  

Two years ago PanGenetics was sold to American biotech giant Abbott Labs for US$190 million.

Notes for editors

Jon Keighren, Media Relations Manager, The University of Manchester 0161 275 8384