Doctor Oscar! Golden 'Bladerunner' returns to Britain to collect yet more honors
17:13 GMT, 12 November 2012
Oscar Pistorius, one of the great stars of London 2012, has been made an honorary doctor by Strathclyde University.
South African double amputee, who dazzled in the olympic Stadium has
been recognised for his outstanding sporting success at the ceremony in
double leg amputee to compete at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games –
nicknamed 'Bladerunner' – said the award of his honorary doctorate
capped off an amazing year.
Oscar Pistorious receives his honorary doctorate from Strathclyde University
'Today is a very proud day for me,” he said.
'The people of Scotland are always so warm and welcoming towards me, and I think of it as my second home here.
'Thank you to everyone at the university for their support, this truly does cap what has been an amazing year for me.'
Doctor Oscar: He faces the cameras after receiving his scroll
Scroll on, Oscar: He collects his doctorate for outstanding sporting success
Pleased as punch: Oscar takes hold of a prosthetic hand during a visit to Strathclyde University
Pistorius added: 'There are a lot of youngsters here (at the centre) that I can identify with.
I was young I used to go to a prosthetics centre and I spent a lot of
time there – when kids are growing, their braces have to change as they
put on muscle and weight.
'Some of these kids spend a lot of time here and they form great relationships with their therapists, which is quite special.
'I think when you see some of the kids here, they've really come to find this as a second home.'
Pistorius later joined hundreds of engineering graduates for a ceremony at the university's Barony Hall.
Oscar meeting with patients during a visit to the National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics
Professor Sir Jim McDonald,
Principal of the University, said: 'We are delighted to welcome Oscar
back to the University. His sporting success, combined with his
determination to help people affected by disability, has made him an
excellent role model, not only for our graduating students here at
Strathclyde, but for millions of people across the globe.
a leading technological University, we are committed to ‘useful
learning’ – teaching and research that has an impact on society.
is fitting that Oscar’s visit has included a visit to our Department
for Biomedical Bioengineering – an excellent example of what can be
achieved by bringing together innovative technologies, determined people
and excellent teaching to improve lives.'
Adam Donnachie, 11, from Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, who was born with both his lower legs missing, said talking to Pistorius was the 'best thing that has ever happened' to him.
Adam said: “It was the time of my life getting to meet him, a dream come true. He’s my hero because he just never gives up.
'Meeting him was the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
'I swim with Scotland just now, we train four times a week, and I’d like to follow in Oscar’s footsteps by going to the Paralympics.
'It’s one of my goals to make it to Rio in 2016.'
Bernie Conway, Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, said:
'There can be no doubt that Oscar Pistorius is a remarkable person and
athlete, where the will to prepare to win is strong but is rooted in a
positive life philosophy that centres on trust, equality and respect for
'A winner whose
winning habit has been powered by dedication, commitment and an
unshakable determination to live a life without limitations or barriers,
Oscar’s road to success has been both inspirational and immensely
'We see our
own mission to provide training and innovation that can better people’s
lives and with this honorary award to Oscar, we wish to recognise not
only his remarkable past achievements, but his future commitment and
drive to help people and children affected by disability.'
Gold star: Oscar wins the men's 400-meter T44 final in London.