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Three-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington is set to receive an honorary degree at Birmingham University tomorrow as a tribute to her work in sport and international development.
Wellington, a 1998 graduate, will become a Doctor of the University, which will fit nicely alongside her first class honours degree in BSc Geography, a distinction from her 2001 Masters in Development Studies from the University of Manchester and the MBE she was awarded in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list and received last week.
On receiving her honorary degree nomination Wellington said: “I am thrilled to be receiving this honor from the University of Birmingham. The years I spent as a student at Birmingham were some of the best of my life as I was able to fulfil my academic goals and just as importantly be an active member of a number of different clubs, including the swimming and water polo team.”