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Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

The Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability is an annual award honouring the achievements of individual disabled athletes from the world of Paralympic sports. It was first awarded in 2000 as one of the seven constituent awards presented during the Laureus World Sports Awards.[1] The awards are presented by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a global organisation involved in more than 150 charity projects supporting 500,000 young people.[4] The first ceremony was held on 25 May 2000 in Monte Carlo, at which Nelson Mandela gave the keynote speech.[5] Nominations for the award come from a specialist panel.[1] The Laureus World Sports Academy then selects the winner who is presented with a Laureus statuette, created by Cartier, at an annual awards ceremony held in various locations around the world.[6] The awards are considered highly prestigious and are frequently referred to as the sporting equivalent of "Oscars".[7][8][9]

Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability
Awarded for"the person who best demonstrates excellent athletic achievement and strong leadership qualities in a sport in the Paralympic programme"[1]
LocationMonaco (2019)[2]
Presented byLaureus Sport for Good Foundation
First awarded2000
Currently held byHenrieta Farkašová (SVK)[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

The first winner of the award was the Australian wheelchair racer, Louise Sauvage, who had won three medals at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics.[10] In 2002, Esther Vergeer, a Dutch wheelchair tennis player, was selected as the award winner. Described as the "most dominant athlete in the world",[11][12] Vergeer won 470 matches in a row during her career, collecting 284 titles, including 21 grand slam singles titles and 23 grand slam doubles titles.[13] She is one of two people to have won the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award more than once, winning again in 2008; she was also nominated in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012. The Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias has the most wins, collecting the award three times with a further three nominations, while German racing cyclist Michael Teuber has been nominated the most times (four) without winning. The 2004 winner, Canadian sprinter Earle Connor, had his award and his 2002 nomination rescinded after he failed a drugs test.[14][15][16][17] Athletes have been the most successful at the awards with 6 wins and 26 nominations (excluding Connor's results), followed by swimmers with 4 wins and 18 nominations. The winner of the 2019 Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability was the Slovakian Para-alpine skier Henrieta Farkašová.[3]

Contents

List of winners and nomineesEdit

Key
* Indicates individual whose award or nomination was later rescinded
Year Image Winner Nationality Sport Nominees Refs
2000   Louise Sauvage   AUS Athletics Brian Frasure (  USA) – athletics
Béatrice Hess (  FRA) – swimming
[10][18]
2001
Vinny Lauwers   AUS Sailing Shea Cowart (  USA) – athletics
David Hall (  AUS) – wheelchair tennis
Béatrice Hess (  FRA) – swimming
Lee Pearson (  GBR) – equestrian
[19][20]
2002   Esther Vergeer   NED Wheelchair tennis Heidi Andreasen (  FRO) – swimming
Earle Connor* (  CAN) – athletics
Gerd Schönfelder (  GER) – alpine skiing
Beat Schwarzenbach (   SUI) – cycling
[21][22]
2003   Michael Milton   AUS Alpine skiing Tanja Kari (  FIN) – cross-country skiing
Chantal Petitclerc (  CAN) – athletics
Paul Schulte (  USA) – wheelchair basketball
Michael Teuber (  GER) – cycling
[23][24]
2004
Earle Connor*   CAN Athletics Natalie du Toit (  RSA) – swimming
Vitalis Lanshima (  NGR) – athletics
Ronny Persson (  SWE) – alpine skiing
Michael Teuber (  GER) – cycling
Nicola Tustain (  GBR) – equestrian
[25][26]
2005   Chantal Petitclerc   CAN Athletics Cheri Blauwet (  USA) – athletics
Jonas Jacobsson (  SWE) – shooting
Lee Pearson (  GBR) – equestrian
Clodoaldo Silva (  BRA) – swimming
Henry Wanyoike (  KEN) – athletics
[27][28]
2006   Ernst van Dyk   RSA Athletics Kirsten Bruhn (  GER) – swimming
Zsuzsanna Krajnyak (  HUN) – wheelchair fencing
Leo-Pekka Tähti (  FIN) – athletics
Esther Vergeer (  NED) – wheelchair tennis
Henry Wanyoike (  KEN) – athletics
[29][30]
2007   Martin Braxenthaler   GER Alpine skiing Kurt Fearnley (  AUS) – athletics
Edith Hunkeler (   SUI) – athletics
Javier Otxoa (  ESP) – cycling
Kazem Rajabi (  IRN) – powerlifting
Esther Vergeer (  NED) – wheelchair tennis
[31][32]
2008   Esther Vergeer   NED Wheelchair tennis Daniel Dias (  BRA) – swimming
Darren Kenny (  GBR) – cycling
Sarah Storey (  GBR) – cycling/swimming
Michael Teuber (  GER) – cycling
[22][33]
2009   Daniel Dias   BRA Swimming April Holmes (  USA) – athletics
Jonas Jacobsson (  SWE) – shooting
Darren Kenny (  GBR) – cycling
Zhang Lixin (  CHN) – athletics
Teresa Perales (  ESP) – swimming
[34][35]
2010   Natalie du Toit   RSA Swimming Justin Eveson (  AUS) – wheelchair basketball/swimming
Kurt Fearnley (  AUS) – athletics
Gizem Girişmen (  TUR) – archery
Shingo Kunieda (  JPN) – wheelchair tennis
Michael Teuber (  GER) – cycling
[30][36]
2011   Verena Bentele   GER Biathlon / Cross-country skiing Matthew Cowdrey (  AUS) – swimming
Daniel Dias (  BRA) – swimming
Jakub Krako (  SVK) – alpine skiing
Esther Vergeer (  NED) – wheelchair tennis
Lauren Woolstencroft (  CAN) – alpine skiing
[37][38]
2012   Oscar Pistorius   RSA Athletics Daniel Dias (  BRA) – swimming
Terezinha Guilhermina (  BRA) – athletics
Esther Vergeer (  NED) – wheelchair tennis
David Weir (  GBR) – athletics
Irek Zaripov (  RUS) – biathlon / cross-country skiing
[30][39]
2013   Daniel Dias   BRA Swimming Patrick Anderson (  CAN) – wheelchair basketball
Johanna Benson (  NAM) – athletics
Alan Oliveira (  BRA) – athletics
David Weir (  GBR) – athletics
Alex Zanardi (  ITA) – cycling
[35][40]
2014   Marie Bochet   FRA Alpine skiing Marcel Hug (   SUI) – athletics
Tatyana McFadden (  USA) – athletics
Sophie Pascoe (  NZL) – swimming
Sarah Louise Rung (  NOR) – swimming
Olga Sviderska (  UKR) – swimming
[41][42]
2015   Tatyana McFadden   USA Athletics Shelley Gautier (  CAN) – cycling
Roman Petushkov (  RUS) – Nordic skiing
Anna Schaffelhuber (  GER) – alpine skiing
Sarah Storey (  GBR) – cycling
Leung Yuk Wing (  HKG) – boccia
[43][44]
2016   Daniel Dias   BRA Swimming Marie Bochet (  FRA) – alpine skiing
Liu Cuiqing (  CHN) – athletics
Omara Durand (  CUB) – athletics
Pieter du Preez (  RSA) – athletics/cycling
Leung Yuk Wing (  HKG) – boccia
[35][45]
2017   Beatrice Vio   ITA Wheelchair fencing Ihar Boki (  BLR) – swimming
Omara Durand (  CUB) – athletics
Marcel Hug (   SUI) – athletics
Sophie Pascoe (  NZL) – swimming
Siamand Rahman (  IRN) – powerlifting
[46][47]
2018   Marcel Hug    SUI Wheelchair athletics Yui Kamiji (  JPN) – Wheelchair tennis
Oksana Masters (  USA) – Paralympic cross-country skiing
Bibian Mentel-Spee (  NED) – Para-snowboarding
Jetze Plat (  NED) – Paratriathlon/cycling
Markus Rehm (  GER) – athletics
[48][49]
2019   Henrieta Farkašová   SVK Alpine skiing Gold medallists from the 2018 Winter Paralympics
Diede de Groot (  NED) – wheelchair tennis
Grigorios Polychronidis (  GRE) – boccia
Markus Rehm (  GER) – athletics
[3][50]

StatisticsEdit

Key
* Indicates totals which exclude rescissions

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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