Golden paralympian Sarah is nominated for global award
PARALYMPIC cyclist Dame Sarah Storey has been nominated for a Laureus World Sports award.
The former Poynton High pupil who lives in Disley is nominated alongside some of the world’s biggest sporting stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lewis Hamilton and Rory McIlroy, for the awards to be held in Shanghai on April 15.
Dame Sarah, 37, who is Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian, has been nominated in the category World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.
She was nominated after winning four world titles in 2014, her first year back after giving birth to daughter Louisa.
Louisa was born in June 2013 and, after a break of 18 months, Dame Sarah competed at the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Mexico where she won the individual pursuit in a new world record time and the scratch race.
She followed this up with world titles in the road World Championships in America, winning the individual time trial and individual road race.
The winner will be voted for by the Laureus World Sports Academy. Up against Dame Sarah will be Shelley Gautier (Canada, cycling), Tatyana McFadden (US, wheelchair racing), Roman Petushkov (Russia, Nordic skiing), Anna Schaffelhuber (Germany, Alpine skiing) and Yuk Wing Leung (Hong Kong, boccia).
Double Olympic champion Edwin Moses, chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: “This is going to be yet another classic year.
“think the Disability category is probably the strongest list of athletes have ever seen over the 16 years of Laureus.”
Dame Sarah, who won four golds at London 2012, is married to tandem pilot and coach Barney Storey.
● Sarah Storey has been nominated for World f the Year with a Disability