Dilys Price OBE receives Honorary Fellowship


Dilys Price OBE has today (Tuesday, July 3) been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Dilys Price

Dilys is a former senior lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University where she worked on the Human Movement Studies Degree courses and was responsible for Dance Studies. She was part of the team which founded and built the innovative and forward looking Wales Sports Centre for the Disabled (1996) which trained elite able and disabled athletes together (outside the then traditional medical setting); also running the first Special Olympics events and Play to Grow Clubs in Wales. She was a founder member of the Wales Sports Association for Special Needs and was a consultant for movement activities for a variety of additional needs.

Presenting Dilys Price OBE to the congregation was Professor Mererid Hopwood.  She said:

“It’s my privilege today to present to you a very genuine and sincere Welsh woman whose passion for equality and whose belief in everyone’s ability to flourish has been a force for good in Wales for decades. 

Let us all follow Dilys Price’s example and demand fair play to our brothers and sisters in Wales and around the world.  Thank you for the example that you’ve set.  Once again, we’re delighted that you have accepted our offer of an honorary fellowship.”  

Dilys founded the Touch Trust with its unique and life changing sensory and creative programme for adults and children with profound additional needs, including ASD and advanced dementia. Touch Trust became one of the seven Artistic Residents in the iconic Wales Millennium Centre in 2004 and since then Dilys has been recognised for her work in many ways including Inspire Wales Award for contribution to the Arts in Wales, two Lifetime Achievement awards from the National Diversity Awards and Wales Care Awards and a Special Recognition Award from Pride of Britain.  On receiving the honorary fellowship Dilys Price OBE said:

“I’m honoured to accept this Honorary Fellowship.  The work of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has always been forward looking and cutting edge.  I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing establishment. Thank you again for this honour. 

Dear graduates, you are starting out with your new degrees on the next exciting part of your journey.  Positive energy will always have a positive time as a result – never be discouraged, keep going.  If you fall off your bike, get back on and do wheelies!  Keep that energy to change the world and make it a better place.” 

She still works tirelessly for a kinder, compassionate world in which we show respect and love for each other and work for a higher good in any way we can.

Dilys is also a World Skydiver Award Winner. She made her first parachute jump at the age of 54 and she has now completed more than 1,139 jumps for charity.

She currently holds the Guinness World Record as the Oldest Female Sky Diver and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity.

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