Tehran, Iran, October 29, 2019: The BP Courage Award has been presented to Iran’s first female athlete at the Paralympic Winter Games – cross-country skier Elaheh Gholi Fallah, reports the Tehran Times.
The BP Courage Award is one of the Paralympic Movement's four values and is displayed in different shapes and forms each day by Para-athletes, teams and International Paralympic Committee member organisations.
Fallah, who lost her eyesight aged five due to a brain tumor, finished 11th in the cross-country sprint at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
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 the social events and contribute to their inclusion.”
Duncan Blake, BP’s Head of Brand, said: “Elaheh’s achievements are remarkable, and this award is testament to the courage she has shown not just as a sportsperson but also as a mentor to the next generation. Elaheh is a truly worthy recipient of the BP Courage Award.”