Moran Samuel will be among the recipients of the 2015 World Rowing Awards for her gold medal performance in August’s World Championships.
The Israeli was named the 2015 Para Crew of the Year after winning first world title in the women’s AS single sculls.
After suffering a rare spinal stroke Samuel, a promising basketball player, joined the wheelchair basketball team. She then took up rowing and raced in the 2012 Paralympic Games. Persistence and steady improvement enabled Samuel to take silver in 2014 and then gold at the 2015 World Rowing Championships.
Samuel joins Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain (Female Crew of the Year); Jeremie Azou and Stany Delayre of France (Male Crew of the Year); Croatian coach Nikola Bralic (Coach of the Year); and German boat-builder Klaus Filter (Distinguished Service to Rowing Award).
The winners will be presented with their awards on Saturday (21 November) in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, USA, at the 2015 World Rowing Coaches Conference gala dinner.