Professor Nick Webborn, Professor of Sport & Exercise Medicine, based in Eastbourne and Medical Director of Sportswise, the sport and exercise medicine clinic based at the University of Brighton in Carlisle Road, was awarded an OBE in for his contribution to paralympic medicine and the British Paralympic Association.
Born in Swansea, Professor Webborn studied medicine at the Royal London Hospital and at the age of 24 he suffered a spinal injury whilst playing rugby when serving as a doctor in the Royal Air Force. After a year in rehabilitation he completed his RAF service and came to East Sussex in 1986 to work as a Polegate GP. He completed his Diploma in Sports Medicine before moving full-time into sports medicine and has dedicated himself to working with paralympic athletes since 1992.
Professor Webborn has worked tirelessly to bring sports medicine to paralympic athletes, both for the British Paralympic Association and The International Paralympic Committee (IPC). He worked with LOCOG to bring the 2012 Games to London and was Chief Medical Officer for ParalympicsGB during the 2012 Games. He started the IPC‘s injury surveillance programme in 2002 and has attended eight Paralympic Games in various roles. Professor Webborn’s academic research has been focused on injury and illness prevention and he is the most widely published author worldwide in this area.