Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – On the occasion of the IPC General Assembly, the Paralympic Awards Gala, proudly partnered by IPC's Gold Patron Allianz, was held today at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The winners of the Awards were selected by three Awards Committees, composed of members of the Paralympic Movement and specialists in the relevant areas.
All award recipients were presented with a handmade trophy, designed and crafted by Italian design company G.D.E. Bertoni.
Said Sir Philip Craven, IPC President: "The Paralympic Awards honour top athletes, officials, international media and contributors from the scientific and academic world and recognize their achievements and contributions based on the last Paralympic Games in Beijing 2008. We thank Allianz for their true partnership, great support and commitment to the Paralympic cause."
The Paralympic Sport Awards 2009 were awarded in five categories, based on performance at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games:
Best Male Athlete: Matthew Cowdrey (AUS), Swimming
Best Female Athlete: Chantal Petitclerc (CAN), Athletics
Best Team Performance: Australian Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team
Best Games Debut: Sophie Pascoe (NZL), Swimming
Exemplary Games Official: WANG Xinxian (CHN), Chef de Mission
The Paralympic Media Awards 2009 honour members of the media who presented the highest quality and most dynamic coverage of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, in four categories:
Broadcast: ABC TV (AUS)
Written (Print/Online): The Sunday Telegraph (GBR)
Radio: BBC Radio (GBR)
Photo: Damir Sencar (CRO)
The Paralympic Scientific Award 2009 recognized one outstanding contributor (academic or scientific) for research in the field of sport for persons with a disability.
Paralympic Scientific Award 2009: Gudrun Doll-Tepper (GER)
Alexander Ankel, CEO of Allianz Malaysia Berhad, said: “It is a great honour for us to present these awards. Allianz aims to promote the Paralympic idea globally. At the same time, the co-operation with Paralympic athletes is a great, motivational experience for us. Both partners, Allianz and the Paralympic Movement, benefit from this partnership.”
Furthermore, a Paralympic Order was presented to Mr. Bob Fisher (Great Britain). The Paralympic Order is the highest recognition presented by the IPC and is awarded to a person, who has made an outstanding or long-lasting contribution to the Paralympic Movement and/or to the overall success of the Paralympic Games.
For more information about the Paralympic Awards and a brief profile of each Award winner, please visit the IPC website at www.paralympic.org.
Notes to the Editor:
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.
Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by more than 160 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.
Allianz SE is one of the world's leading insurers and financial services providers. Founded in 1890, Allianz SE is now present in more than 70 countries with over 150,000 employees. Allianz provides its about 75 million customers worldwide with a comprehensive range of services in the areas of property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, and asset management. Allianz SE is member of Transparency International Germany and supports the Principles of the United Nations Global Compact
and the OECD Guidelines for Multinationals through its Code of Conduct. Allianz SE is one of the leaders of the insurance sector in the Dow Jones. Sustainability Index, listed in FTSE4GOOD and in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP6).
The competitiveness and the performance of Paralympic athletes is exceptional – a motivation that drives us to deliver outstanding services to our about 75 Million customers world-wide every day. For the future, this partnership allows Allianz and IPC to initiate jointly developed projects, to allow for a better understanding of social and customer needs. Taking the athlete’s exceptional achievements and the outstanding performance as a role model for all our Allianz’ people, this partnership also sets a standard for employee engagement, motivation and performance. For more information, please visit www.allianz.com.
For further information, please contact Steffi Klein, IPC Media & Communications Senior Manager, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.paralympic.org.