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Last Updated: Friday, 10 June, 2005, 23:19 GMT 00:19 UK
Top honours for wheelchair stars
GB wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan
Ade Adepitan celebrates winning Paralympic bronze in Athens
Three of Great Britain's wheelchair athletes have been honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Phil Craven, International Paralympic Committee president and International Olympic Committee member, has received a knighthood.

Leading Great Britain wheelchair basketball player and BBC Television star Ade Adepitan gets an MBE.

There is also an MBE for Athens Paralympics gold medal-winning tennis player Peter Norfolk.

Sir Phil Craven became president of the International Paralympic Committee in December 2001 and was elected to the International Olympic Committee in 2003.

Born in Bolton, Craven, 54, was paralysed in a rock climbing accident in 1966.

He discovered wheelchair basketball soon afterwards and went on to represent Great Britain in the sport at five Paralympics from 1972-1988 and also competed in the swimming events at the 1972 Games.

IPC President Sir Phil Craven
Craven is a well-known figure in the disabled sports world

A former chairman of the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association and president of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation, Craven's big moment of glory came with the 2004 Athens Paralympics.

Ade Adepitan, seen by millions in a BBC1 trailer, is one of Britain's most recognisable wheelchair athletes and personalities.

The Nigerian-born player, who was brought up in east London and survived polio as a youngster, has gone on to enjoy success on the basketball court and carve out a high-profile TV career off it.

His greatest achievement in wheelchair basketball was winning bronze at last year's Paralympics in Athens, while as a TV presenter he regularly appears on X-Change, Grandstand and the Holiday programme.

Peter Norfolk in action
Norfolk won Britain's first ever Paralympic medal at tennis

The 32-year-old is a patron of the charity Scope and the Association of Wheelchair Children. He is also involved in Britain's London 2012 bid.

Peter Norfolk, 44, is one of Britain's leading and most accomplished wheelchair tennis players.

A keen motorsport fan, Norfolk fractured his spine following a motorbike accident in 1979 but did not take up the sport until 10 years later when he saw a demonstration at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

He has enjoyed a particularly meteoric rise in 2003, winning all four of the Super Series events - in America, Britain, Australia and Japan - to become the world's top-ranked quad player

The man from Fleet in Hampshire then fulfilled a lifelong dream last year, when he clinched gold in the inaugural quad singles event and silver in the doubles with Mark Eccleston at the Paralympics.




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