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Eveson Nominated for Laureus Award
9 March 2010
WAIS Individual Athlete Support Program (IASP) athlete Justin Eveson has been nominated for the esteemed Laureus World Sports Awards for 2010.
 
The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier global sports awards honouring the greatest sports men and women across all sports each year. Eveson is nominated for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.
 
The nomination caps off what has been a brilliant few years for Eveson, who in 2009 won every tournament that he took part in and achieved a number of awards, including:
• 2009 The Turkish National Wheelchair Basketball Championships (Galatasary)
• 2009 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships (Galatasary) third year in succession – 2008 Galatasary, 2007 Santa Lucia
• 2009 World Club Championships (Galatasary) second year in succession – 2008 Perth Wheelcats
• 2009 Australian National Wheelchair Basketball League record fourth consecutive win (Perth Wheelcats)
− High Point Most Valuable Player for the season
− Most Valuable Player for the Finals Series
− Selection in All Star 5
• 2009 Paralympic World Cup (The Rollers ‐ Australian Paralympic Team)
• 2009 Rollers' World Challenge (The Rollers ‐ Australian Paralympic Team) − All Star 5
• 2009 Asia Oceania World Cup Qualifying Tournament (The Rollers ‐ Australian Paralympic Team)
• 2009 Sandy Blythe Medal ‐ for Australia's Best International wheelchair basketball player – acknowledging both his ability and dedication to the game, positioning him arguably to be the best wheelchair basketball player in the world right now.
• 2009 West Australian Institute of Sport Athlete with a disability of the Year
• 2009 Wheelchair Sports WA Sports Star of the Year
• 2009 Perth Wheelcats Most Valuable Player
• Finalist 2009 West Australian Sports Federation Sports Star of the Year
 
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability is awarded to the person who is deemed to best demonstrate excellent athletic achievement and strong leadership qualities in a sport in the Paralympic programme.
 
Justin Eveson
Nominated alongside Eveson in the same category, is fellow Australian and Wheelchair Marathon champion, Kurt Fearnley, Gizem Girismen (Turkey) Archery, Shingo Kunieda (Japan) Wheelchair Tennis, Michael Teuber (Germany) Cycling and Natalie Du Toit (South Africa) Swimming.
 
Making up the Australian contingent are surfers Stephanie Gilmore and Mick Fanning who have both been nominated in the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year category.
 
Wheelchair Sports WA Chief Executive Officer, Teri O'Toole, said that Justin's nomination reflects his commitment to the sport, work ethic, willingness to assist in the development of others and his own tremendous ability.
 
"Justin's nomination is terrific recognition for the work he puts into his sport, as well as his efforts to promote the positive impact of physical activity for people with a disability and we are really thrilled for him,” Teri said.
 
Eveson is honoured to have been nominated and is looking forward to attending the event alongside some of the World's sporting greats.
 
"Receiving the Laureus Award nomination is a tremendous honour and a great reward for the hours of training, travel and time spent away from my family," he said. "Just being in the same room as some of the best athletes in the World will be a humbling experience."

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