The Paralympic Committee announced tonight (Tuesday) in a virtual ceremony the outstanding athletes for 2021. The selection of the outstanding ones was made on the recommendation of the Achievement Sports Administration, in accordance with the results and criteria, and approved by the Paralympic Committee management.
In light of the special and impressive achievements of the two swimmers, Mark Millier and Ami Daddown, it was exceptionally decided to divide the Athlete of the Year Award between the two athletes.
Billionaire, won 2 gold medals and a bronze medal, broke world records at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and won a gold medal, 2 silver medals, and one bronze at the European Championships.
Daddown, won 2 gold medals, broke a world record and picked up a silver medal at the Tokyo Games as well as three gold and one silver medal at the European Championships.
Assaf Yasur was chosen as the outstanding young athlete of 2021, who won a gold medal at the World Taekwondo Championships held last month in Turkey.
The coach of the year was Jacob Bininson, the coach of the swimming team, whose trainees returned from the games in Tokyo with 8 Paralympic medals, 6 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze, and with a variety of medals from the European Championships.
An award for outstanding achievement was given to swimmer Iyad Shelby, who won two gold medals and made history at the pool in Tokyo - Iyad is the first Muslim Israeli to win a medal at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Athlete of the year is Moran Samuel, rowing in a single boat, winner of the silver medal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
During the ceremony, the farewell of the year was also celebrated - from slingshot Doron Shaziri, who wanted to retire at the end of the games in Tokyo, after 30 years of competitive activity, during which he participated in 8 Paralympic Games and won 8 Paralympic medals.
Paralympic Committee Chairman Eli Birnbaum said: “I am very sorry that due to the situation we are forced to meet virtually and not face to face.
I hope for better days and an opportunity to meet each of the athletes and coaches in person.
I am proud of the achievements from Tokyo, and the achievements in competitions in Israel and around the world, and I promise that we will do everything to allow all the staff to train and prepare for Paris, and also for Los Angeles, in the best possible way. "
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