High Honors: Oakley’s Oscar Pistorius and Rory McIlroy Presented with Ultra Prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards
Oakley team athletes have always personified greatness.
And this year, two of them have especially captivated sports fans across the Planet…enough to earn them a place in history with one of the most prestigious honors in Global Sport.
Oakley’s Inspiring Track & Field athlete Oscar Pistorius and Golf Team Superstar Rory McIlroy were both honored with ultra prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards in London on Feb. 6.
Oscar, O’s inspiring double-amputee athlete, affectionately known as ‘Blade Runner,’ was presented with the 2012 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award.
Running on carbon fibre blades due to the congenital absence of the fibula in both legs at birth, he became the first amputee to claim a non-disabled World Championship Track Medal – representing South Africa on the silver medal winning 4×400 metre relay team in South Korea this past year.
Fighting fiercely to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, his dream of bridging disabled and non-disabled sport is coming closer to fruition.
“This is just a great privilege to be nominated, it is really humbling to be here,” Oscar said – after receiving his award from Spanish Actress Elsa Pataky and Skateboarding Leagend Tony Hawk. “To all the Laureus Academy Members, all you guys and icons who a lot of us still competing look up to, thank you very much."
An outstanding display of resilience in life despite adversity from the very beginning, Oscar is touching more people every year.
“I only realized the impact that Oscar has made on Olympic and Paralympic sport when I witnessed him in Trafalgar Square during the course of the summer,” said Sebastian Coe, Laureus Academy Member and Chairman of the London Olympic Games Organizing Committee. “We celebrated International Paralympic Day in London and when Oscar gave his demonstration on a 60 metre stretch of tartan in front of the National Gallery, there were kids of all ages lining up wanting his autograph, pressing their noses to the barriers to get a glimpse of him. I suddenly realized this is a guy that really has made a massive impact in international sport. I think what Oscar has done is to really make us challenge our own orthodoxies, our own views about disability.”
Rory, presented with the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award, took the sports world by storm with a phenomenal overall tournament at The Masters in Augusta – followed by a tantalizing victory at the U.S. Open shortly after.
The young Northern Ireland superstar matched and/or broke 12 U.S. Open records in his first-ever Major Title – catapulting him into the ranks of the World’s most elite athletes.
“It was a great year to win my first major and to get into the top three in the world rankings,” said Rory, who sports Oakley’s high-tech Golf apparel and eyewear on the course. “I think 2012 is going to be a really exciting year.”
The Laureus Awards are considered one of the most prestigious honors in Global Sports. With a process that includes a selection from a panel of the world’s leading sports writers, editors and broadcasters from more than 80 countries, the highly watched over final vote is completed by members of the Laureus Sports Academy – made up of 47 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time.
Congratulations to Oscar and Rory for the amazing honors!