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September 24, 2009
ABC TV wins 2009 Paralympic Media Award

The gold medal-winning Australian Men's Wheelchair Basketball team won the IPC's Best team Performance Awards for 2009. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

BONN, September 24, 2009 - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the winners of the Paralympic Awards 2009 honouring those who contribute directly to the Paralympic Games and the Paralympic Movement.

The winners were selected by three Awards Committees, composed of members of the Paralympic Movement and specialists in the relevant areas. All award recipients will be presented with a handmade trophy, designed and crafted by Italian design company G.D.E. Bertoni, at a Gala Dinner during the 2009 IPC General Assembly, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 22 November.

The Paralympic Media Awards 2009 honour members of the media who presented the highest quality and most dynamic coverage of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, in four categories:

Broadcast: ABC TV (AUS)
Written (Print/Online): The Sunday Telegraph (GBR)
Radio: BBC Radio (GBR)
Photo: Damir Sencar (CRO)

The Paralympic Sport Awards 2009 were awarded in five categories, based on performance at the Beijing 2009 Paralympic Games:

Best Male Athlete: Matthew Cowdery (AUS), Swimming
Best Female Athlete: Chantal Petitclerc (CAN), Athletics
Best Team Performance: Australian Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team
Best Games Debut: Sophie Pascoe (NZL), Swimming
Exemplary Games Official: WANG Xinxian (CHN), Chef de Mission

The Paralympic Scientific Award 2009 recognized one outstanding contributor (academic or scientific) for research in the field of sport for persons with a disability.

Paralympic Scientific Award 2009: Gudrun Doll-Tepper (GER)

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