Paralympic sprinter Bethany Woodward was delighted to receive an Honorary Senior Fellowship from Regent’s University in London.
The award was carried out at the Regent’s graduation ceremony for members of its American College, School of Drama, Film and Media, their Fashion and Design and the School of Psychotherapy and Psychology on Thursday.
The 22-year-old found herself reliving the moment she won silver over 200m in the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, courtesy of a speech from the university’s Dean of Students Brian Hipkin.
Bethany said: “It was an absolutely incredible occasion. The man who organised the event and who was the main speaker I have known for quite a while and he did this incredible speech to build up to me receiving the fellowship.
“He focused on the date and time of my race in the Paralympics and it was a really emotional experience to hear another person talk about those momentous events.
“My parents, grandparents and Lee Doran, Bethany’s coach were there and it was great to hear me being recognised in that way.
“They are such an amazing university, so dedicated to their students and in installing values in them and giving them everything they need to get out into the world.”
Bethany has made several appearances at their events, sharing her experiences and values, most recently at the Jean Monnet Lecture in May.
Bethany received the honour from Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice Chancellor at the university.
“It was an incredible honour to get it,” reflected Bethany, an IPC World Champion. “When you are in an athletics meeting and getting a medal it’s emotional and everything is really heightened and overwhelming.
“But yesterday was an incredible occasion to get together and really enjoy the achievements I have made and it was a great honour to get this recognition.”
Bethany said everything is going well as she continues to build up to the IPC World Athletics Championships, which take place in Doha from October 22-31, the next major stepping stone for which will be the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on July 24-26.