The year 2018 has been an eventful year for the Danish para-athletes, who have achieved great results at the international sport scene.
Every year, Pressalit and Parasport Denmark present the Pressalit Keep Living Award to a Danish para-athlete, who has achieved extraordinary results the past year. The year 2018 has been a great year for the Danish para-athletes, who have achieved impressive results internationally with 19 European- and World Championship medals.
The Keep Living Award celebrates the philosophy that physical limitations are no barriers to realize one’s full potential. This is an essential aspect of Pressalit’s core values and business, as we strive to increase the independence and possibilities of people through our products.
The five nominees for this year’s “Para-athlete of the year” title have each showed exceptional results throughout 2018. The nominees for this year’s Keep Living Award 2018 are:
Peter Rosenmeier, para-table tennis
2018 became the year, where Peter added another World championship title to his resume. At the world championships in Slovenia, Peter proved that he is the world’s best player in his grade. Peter took home the championship with a convincing win over defending world champion, Alvaro Valera. The championship additionally made up a strong comeback for Peter after a disappointing 2017 season.
Daniel Wagner, para-athletics
Daniel had a busy 2018, competing both at the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and the European Para Athletic Championships in Berlin. Daniel was the first Danish snowboarder at the Winter Paralympics, where he finished in top 10 in the disciplines banked slalom and snowboard cross. At the European Athletic games in Berlin, however, Daniel took home two gold medals for Denmark in the disciplines long jump and 100m sprint.
Stinna Tange Kaastrup, para-dressage
This year, Stinna reached a milestone in her career, when she became the first ever Danish double world champion, at the World Equestrian Games 2018 in Tryon, USA. On the very first day, Stinna and her horse, Smarties secured the first spot on top of the podium in the individual test. The second gold medal was taken home in the discipline kür.
Sophie Walløe, para-table tennis
18 year-old Sophie took yet another step up the rankings of the international world of para-table tennis, with her first silver medal at the world championships in Slovenia. Only the defending world champion, Natalia Partyka is now better than Sophie in their grade. Sophie’s next goal is to change this current ranking, as she is aiming for the gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Cathrine Rosengreen, para-badminton
This year, Cathrine once again proved that she is the absolute best para-ladies singles player in Europe. In 2018 alone, Cathrine won three international tournaments; Danisa Denmark Open, Thailand Open, and the European championship. To this day, she has not lost a single set to another European player, which testifies to her brilliant performance.
The winner of this year’s Keep Living Award is announced 24 January 2019.