An impressive national ceremony was held by the Ministry of Culture and Sport to choose Israel's athletes of 2015. The ceremony was shared by Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the presence of Miri Regev, Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport.
The Israeli Paralympic Committee's male Athlete of the Year was cyclist Kobi Lion, who won six medals in the 2015 World Cup. Lion finished the year fourth in the world rankings in the H2 class and took first place in the World Series.
The female Athlete of the Year was para-rower Moran Samuel who won gold at the 2015 World Championships, and also took the title of the International Rowing Association’s (FISA) Sportswoman of the Year.
Coach of the Year was Jacob Beinenson, the swimming coach of Paralympic medallist Inbal Pezaro as well as other young swimmers.
The Promising Young Athlete of the Year was Carolyn Tabib, a table tennis player, who won the bronze medal for the first time at the European Championships and is now ranked sixth in the world.
At the end of all the speeches and ceremonies, Samuel Moran was elected to make a speech on behalf of all of the winning athletes.