Chris was presented with the award during a virtual ceremony
After shattering expectations and becoming the first person with Down syndrome to complete an IRONMAN triathlon, Chris Nikic has made history again by being the first person with an intellectual disability to win a Laureus sports award.
On 6 May2021, Chris was presented with Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year Award during a virtual ceremony. He follows in the footsteps of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver who won the Laureus Sport for Good Award in 2000.
EXCERPT FROM CHRIS NIKIC’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OF THE LAUREUS SPORTING MOMENT OF THE YEAR AWARD – “Hello, I am Chris Nikic. I am a Special Olympic athlete who decided to do the impossible, the Ironman. The greatest reward is all the parents telling me they have hope for their kids. Thank you for this amazing Award and giving others like me hope. The secret is just get 1% better every day. Thank you and may God bless you.”
The Laureus Sporting Moment Award celebrates game changers who use the power of sport to unite and inspire. The winner is determined by public votes from sports fans around the world. For 2021, there was tough competition, with contenders from China, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Japan.