8 September 2020

A tribute to Liz Dendy

Liz Dendy, a visionary leader who helped promote sport for disabled people throughout the UK and a key figure in establishing the British Paralympic Association, passed away recently.

She was a tireless champion of disability sport and became President of CPISRA, playing an integral role in developing sporting and recreational opportunities for athletes with Cerebral Palsy.

Bernard Atha, who was Chair of the British Paralympic Association when it was founded in 1989 said: “Liz Dendy was highly committed to her work and enjoyed everyone’s respect and more importantly their affection.


She was indefatigable, playing a crucial role in the development of sport for the disabled.

Bernard Atha

“She had the ability to gain the support of influential people such as HRH Princess Anne and rightly can be seen as the force which led to the present recognition of Paralympic sport as well as to bodies like Riding for the Disabled which encourage participation.

“Her competence made her highly respected but more importantly loved. Her kind approach to others made Liz not merely highly efficient but equally loved and respected. May she rest in peace.”

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