Alice Tai nominated for Laureus Sports Award

15 Jan 2020

Alice Tai has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award after a stunning 2019. 

Tai won seven gold medals at last year's World Para Swimming Championships in London, claiming titles in the S8 50m, 100m and 400m Freestyle, S8 100m Backstroke and S8 100m Butterfly events, as well as in the 34pt 4x100m Medley Relay and 34pt 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

Her results made her the most successful athlete at the 2019 Worlds- and she also broke no fewer than four individual world records across the 12 months. 

The Ealing Swimming Club athlete - who has previously won golds at Paralympic, European and Commonwealth level - is one of six people put forward for the prize following votes from across the world's sports media. 

The others are Dutch wheelchair tennis player Diede De Groot and her compatriot Jetze Plat (triathlon), wheelchair racing athlete Manuela Schar from Switzerland, Oksana Masters from the USA (cross-country skiing) and Cuban T12 visually-impaired runner Omara Durand. 

On earning the nomination, Tai said: "I'm absolutely honoured to have been nominated for this Laureus Sports Award. There are only six nominees in total out of all athletes in Paralympic sports worldwide, so to be considered as one of the top six athletes of 2019 is insane!" 

There are seven categories in this year's Laureus World Sports Awards, with Tai joined among the shortlists by fellow Brits Lewis Hamilton (Laureus World Sportsman of the Year) and Andy Murray (World Comeback of the Year), plus Liverpool FC (World Team of the Year and World Comeback of the Year). 

The winners will be confirmed at a ceremony in Berlin on February 17th.