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Our Natalie du Toit is one of six nominees for the 2010 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability category.

Du Toit, who swam in the open water event at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, was nominated in Bonn, Germany.

The other five nominees named by the Laureus World Sports Academy are Australians Justin Eveson (wheelchair basketball) and Kurt Fearnley (athletics), Turkey’s Gizem Girismen (archery), Japan’s Shingo Kunieda (wheelchair tennis) and Michael Teuber of Germany for cycling.

A specialist panel consisting of experienced representatives in the field of Paralympic Sport and the Paralympic Movement nominates six candidates for this category based on submissions from the IPC membership.

The nominations from the specialist panel are submitted to the Laureus World Sports Academy, who then elects the award winner.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿Laureus World Sports Academy chairperson Edwin Moses said:”This has been a great year for sport and the Aacademy are 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 10 March in Abu Dhabi.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿The Laureus World Sports Awards, which will be given for the 11th time this year, celebrate sporting excellence across all disciplines and all continents.

Awards are bestowed in a range of categories, including World Sportsman and World Sportswoman of the Year, World Team of the Year, World Breakthrough of the Year, World Comeback of the Year, World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability and World Action Sportsperson of the Year.


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