By Tom Degun

Wingate CentreDecember 28 - International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven has paid a visit to the Wingate Centre in Cheshire which is an independent charity that aims to improve the lives of children and young adults with all levels of physical and learning disability.

Sir Philip, who represented Britain in wheelchair basketball at five consecutive Paralympics from 1972 to 1988 before becoming IPC President, serves as vice-president of the Wingate Centre and his visit saw him take time to look at the progress the charity has made in the last year.

The 62-year-old from Bolton, who was paralysed in a rock-climbing accident aged 16, admitted that he was delighted to see the Wingate Centre and the provision of specialist holiday accommodation and recreational gymnastic facilities for the children and young adults.

"I am rarely in Britain," said Sir Philip, who is also an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member.

"But as vice president of The Wingate Centre, it is very important to me to find time to come and show my support to such a great charity."

Sir Philip CravenIPC President Sir Philip Craven is vice-president of the Wingate Centre

Geoff Parsons, chairman of the trustees at the charity, declared his delight at Sir Philip's visit.

"We really do appreciate him taking time out of his enormously busy schedule to lend us his support," said Parsons.

The visit marks the end of a busy year for Sir Philip, who played a key role in the perorations for the Paralympics both as the IPC President and as a London 2012 Board member.

Sir Philip was first elected as IPC President in 2001 and is set to stand for a fourth term next year.

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