New Era (Windhoek)

17 December 2012

Namibia: Benson Nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards

Namibia's Paralympics gold and silver medalist, Johanna Benson, once again achieved another milestone when she became the first ever Namibian athlete to be nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early next year.

Benson has been nominated for the World Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award, where she will be contesting against world-class Paralympians led by the likes of Brazilian sprinter Alan Fateles Oliveira, British wheelchair cyclist David Weir, Brazilian swimmer Daniel de Faria Dias, Italian cyclist Alex Zanardi and Canadian basketball veteran Patrick Anderson.

The nomination recognizes Benson, who also won Namibia's Top Sports Achiever of the Year award this year, for her inspiring performance during the 2012 London Paralympic Games where she scooped a gold medal in the women's T37 200-metre race and silver in the 100-metre event.

In the process, she also set African records in both events and has since inspired thousands of upcoming Paralympians.

Paralympics Namibia (PC) Secretary-General, Penandino Kandjii, confirmed the nomination, saying this is another achievement for Namibian sports, in particular disability sports, and added that the nomination serves as a clear indication that the world sporting fraternity is watching Namibian athletes with an eagle eye.

"We are very excited and again, Namibians have another reason to celebrate. Johanna just became the first Namibian athlete to be nominated for this international award and that's really a big milestone for Namibia as a country," said an excited Kandjii.

The Laureus World Sports Awards are held annually, celebrating the most remarkable men and women from the world of sport along with their achievements from the previous calendar year.

The category Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability is monitored and produced by specialist panels.

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