Nomination process Paralympic Sport Awards

Germany, April 26, 2013: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) opened up the nomination process on Friday (26 April) for the prestigious 2013 Paralympic Sport Awards.

The awards ceremony, proudly partnered by the IPC’s International Partner Allianz, will be held on 23 November in Athens, Greece, coinciding with the IPC General Assembly and Conference, and will honour the exceptional performances and contributions of athletes, teams and officials at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The awards will be presented in five categories: Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete, Best Team Performance, Best Paralympic Games Debut and Exemplary Paralympic Games Official.

Those who are members of the Paralympic Family are allowed to put forth nominations, including National Paralympic Committees, Regional Paralympic Committees, Internationals Federations and International Organisations of Sports for the Disabled (IOSDs).

Each organisation may submit only one nomination per category. All nominations must be related to the London 2012 Paralympic Games period and must be submitted to the IPC headquarters before 12:00 (CET) on 10 June. An awards committee will select the winners, who will then be notified in August.

To request a nomination form, please contact IPC Membership Relations Manager Claire Magras at

The Paralympic Sport Awards have been given out every two years since 2005, and Canada have taken home the most honours, winning five different awards. At the 2011 awards ceremony, German alpine skier Gerd Schoenfelder and nordic skier Verena Bentele won Best Male Athlete and Best Female Athlete, respectively.

Japan’s ice sledge hockey team received the Best Team Performance Award, Ukrainian nordic skier Oleksandra Kononova won Best Games Debut and IPC Technical Delegate for cross-country skiing Christian Egli won Best Official.

At the 2009 awards ceremony – the last for summer sports – Australian swimmer Matthew Cowdrey and Canadian wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc won Best Male and Best Female Athlete, respectively. Australia’s men’s wheelchair basketball squad won Best Team Performance, New Zealand’s swimmer Sophie Pascoe won Best Games Debut and China’s Beijing 2008 Chef de Mission Wang Xinxian won Best Team Official.

IPC publishes The Paralympian magazine online with new sections

The International Paralympic Committee published this year’s first edition of The Paralympian magazine online on Friday (26 April) with new content sections devoted to exploring para-sport beyond the Paralympic Games.

The complete issue of the award-winning magazine is now available for download here:

The edition’s feature article interviews some of the world’s leading para-athletes about how the competition calendars have been enhanced in their respective sports and how the Paralympic Movement is growing at regional and national levels.

The feature article draws on the opinions of Australian alpine skier Mitch Gourley, Canadian nordic skier Brian McKeever, British cyclist Jody Cundy and British wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft.

The latest news around the Paralympic Movement is shared, including Dutchwoman Esther Vergeer’s retirement from wheelchair tennis, the IPC’s new broadcast deals with Channel 4 and the EBU, and Brazil’s Daniel Dias as the recipient of this year’s Laureus Award.

A double-page spread in the magazine is devoted to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch and relay route, as well as activities that surrounded the one-year-to-go mark in Moscow’s Red Square.

In addition, this edition provides readers with a recap from this season’s winter sport World Championships and World Cups, as well as a look ahead to major upcoming events, most notably the IPC Athletics Grand Prix and VISTA2013.

With a jam-packed summer of team sport events quickly approaching, a section is also devoted to this summer’s hottest rivalries, prominently featuring Germany and the Netherlands’ women’s wheelchair basketball teams.

The issue concludes with a special guest column from Channel 4’s Alex Brooker, which calls on broadcasters to continue stepping up around the world to showcase para-sport on a regular basis.

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