BP Courage Award of IPC for Iranian female skier Elaheh Gholi Fallah

The BP Courage Award of International Paralympic Committee (IPC) was granted to Iranian cross-country skier Elaheh Gholi Fallah after she became the first Iranian female to qualify for the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Iran Press/Europe: Fallah, who lost her eyesight aged five due to a brain tumor, finished 11th in the cross-country sprint in PyeongChang.

In Iran, she acts as a mentor encouraging others to take up winter sports.

"It is so exciting to win this award among millions of athletes with impairment all around the world," Fallah said. "It makes me more committed to the Paralympic Movement and to the people with impairment in the world, specifically Iranian women, to help them participate in social events and contribute to their inclusion," she added according to Iran Press

At a ceremony taking place in the International Paralympic Committee in Bonn, Germany, the biennial awards were presented to achievements from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in nine categories, including the BP Courage Award.

The BP Award for Courage aims to recognize an outstanding athlete or team for showing either the inner strength to redefine their own possibilities, made an impact on perceptions of what others may deem unexpected or resilience to truly excel in the face of challenges at the most recent Paralympic Games. 101/211/207

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