Cundy honoured

Scholar received two honorary degrees

Last Updated: 04/12/12 10:27am

Jody Cundy: With his award and Paralympic medal

Jody Cundy: With his award and Paralympic medal

Sky Sports scholar Jody Cundy has been recognised for his services to Paralympic sport with two honorary degrees.

The cyclist has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences from Anglia Ruskin University and an Honorary Master of Science from the University of Hertfordshire.

Cundy attended the University of Hertfordshire when he first began his degree studies in Engineering and Sports Science, yet his sporting commitments prohibited him from completing the courses.

"It was nice to be recognised and be honoured in that way."

Jody Cundy

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He explains that he completed two years of Automotive Engineering, then left to train for the Sydney Paralympics. He then returned to begin a Sports Science degree but again his sport, swimming at the time, became the priority.

Elite sport

Having recently attended both the ceremonies for his honorary awards, Cundy told Sky Sports: "It was nice to be recognised and be honoured in that way."

When asked what he is most proud of in his contribution to Paralympic sport, he added: "I think the fact that I've brought Paralympics to people's attention.

"Unfortunately I did it in the most spectacular fashion in London with my outburst, but people now realise the Paralympics aren't just about disabled people turning up for an event and being handed a medal. It is about elite sport, we don't just turn up for medals.

"I think that's my biggest contribution. Looking back at it, I think people now recognise the Paralympics for an elite sporting event and I think my outburst has got a lot to do with that."