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Disabled skier wins NSW sport award

17/12/2003 05:12:24 AM Comments (0)

Disabled skier Michael Milton has been named the NSW Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year at a function in Sydney.

Milton's win breaks Ian Thorpe's run of five consecutive years as the winner of the award.

The single-leg skier beat athletes including Thorpe and diver Loudy Tourky for the award.

Milton did not attend the ceremony because he is in the United States training for the upcoming world championships.

However, he said in a statement that he was thrilled to win the award.

"This award means a lot to me because I have been judged alongside able-bodied athletes and it's always a buzz to get recognition at home," he said.

"I guess I represent a couple of minorities - athletes with disabilities and winter sport in Australia - so winning such a prestigious award is a coup, especially considering the quality of the other nominees."

Milton this year set a new world record for single leg speed skiing, going down a mountain in France at 193.16 km/h, shattering the previous mark of 186km/h, held by Patrick Knapf.

The 26-year old Milton has this year also been awarded the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year With a Disability Award as well as an AIS Achievement Award.

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