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BOA Award for Olympian Diver Dr Elizabeth Ferris

30th November 2011

Olympian Dr Elizabeth Ferris has become the first person to receive the BOA Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the Olympic Movement.

Olympic bronze medalist diver Dr Elizabeth Ferris has been awarded with the inaugural British Olympic Association (BOA) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presented by HRH Princess Royal, the award is in recognition of the work she has done for the Olympic Movement.

She was an Olympic Bronze medallist in 1960 in Rome in the 3m Springboard event and was also a Bronze and Silver medallist in the Commonwealth Games. She was a Founder member of the Olympians movement and has been a strong voice for women in sport. In 1980 she received the IOC Olympic Order.

She said today: "This is a wonderful occasion, and I feel more nervous today than I did diving off the board!

"I feel tremendously honoured to be receiving this award, especially so, as I had no idea it was in the offering. It is a very special honour to be the first recipient, and a woman - it fits everything.

BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan said:  "A medical doctor and prolific in her sports medicine articles and views on anti-doping, Liz has dedicated her life to sport on and off the field of play.”

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