The Laureus World Sports Academy has announced its six nominations for the World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability category for the Laureus World Sports Awards 2010:
- Justin Eveson (Australia), wheelchair basketball
- Kurt Fearnley (Australia), athletics
- Gizem Girismen (Turkey), archery
- Shingo Kunieda (Japan), wheelchair tennis
- Michael Teuber (Germany), cycling
- Natalie Du Toit (South Africa), swimming.
A specialist panel consisting of experienced representatives in the field of Paralympic sport and the Paralympic movement nominated the candidates for this category, based on submissions from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) membership. The nominations from the specialist panel have been submitted to the Laureus World Sports Academy, who will then elect the winner.
Laureus World Sports Academy Chairperson Edwin Moses said, “This has been a great year for sport, and the Academy is going to find it extremely difficult to decide who to vote for as winners. We have had some thrilling world championships this year and a host of terrific individual performances. I congratulate all the nominees, and now we look forward to what should be a great awards ceremony.”
The winner will be announced at the Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony on March 10 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.