Grand Depart boss honoured for services to sport

Crowds in Ilkley during the Grand Depart earlier this month.

Crowds in Ilkley during the Grand Depart earlier this month.

Sir Rodney Walker, chairman of the body that organised the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire, has been honoured for his services to sport in the county at Huddersfield University.

Sir Rodney headed up TdFHub2014, which organised the opening two stages of the race earlier this month. The event attracted more than 2.5m people to watch as elite cyclists raced around the streets of Yorkshire.

Sir Rodney, who is also Honorary Life Vice President of the Rugby Football League, worked alongside Welcome to Yorkshire and local councils in the 18-months prior to the tour’s arrival. He today recieved an honoury degree from Huddersfield University.

It comes as double paralympic gold medalist Hannah Cockcroft recieves a doctorate from the University of Bradford. The Halifax-based wheelchair athlete was nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award last year.

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