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Paralympic star Jade gets honourary fellowship

Jade Etherington receives her fellowship award from Peter Neil EMN-140731-113505001

Jade Etherington receives her fellowship award from Peter Neil EMN-140731-113505001

Four-time winter Paralympics medallist Jade Etherington has received another award to add to her collection from her former university.

Jade, from Bourne, received an honorary fellowship from Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln during a graduation ceremony on Wednesday last week held at Lincoln Cathedral.

Jade graduated from the university two years ago with a degree in education studies and geography.

Earlier this year, the visually impaired alpine skier won three silver medals and a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi.

Jade joined about 850 students receiving their degrees on the day.

The Rev Prof Peter Neil, vice chancellor of the university, said: “Graduation day is of course the highlight of the university year and celebrated a wonderful day in a spectacular setting with our graduands, their friends and their families.

“We were also proud to be able to recognise the achievements of five people, including Jade, who stand as inspirational role models for our graduating students.”

Ahead of the day, Jade said on Twitter: “Can’t wait to join the graduates at Lincoln Cathedral tomorrow! I will be there receiving @BGULincoln Fellowship Award :) #thatwasme2yrsago.”

And afterwards, she added: “Lovely ceremony now time for champers and strawberries #fellowship #BG”

Later this month, Jade and her guide Caroline Powell, will celebrate National Paralympic Day and will be part of a ‘Meet the Athletes’ day at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday, August 30.

Etherington and Powell became Great Britain’s most successful ever winter Paralympians when they won three silver medals and a bronze medal at the recent winter Games in Sochi.

Jade said: “I’m so proud to be a Paralympian and it’s great that we have an opportunity to come together and really celebrate Paralympic sport.

 

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