Best Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award

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The Best Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award, known alternatively as the Outstanding Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award, was presented annually between 2002 and 2004 athlete with a physical disability, irrespective of gender, nationality, or sport contested, adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year. The award was bifurcated by gender in 2005, since which year Best Female and a Best Male Athlete with a Disability ESPY Awards have been presented.

Over the three years of the award, its voting panel was composed variously of fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities. The ESPY Awards ceremony is conducted in June and awards conferred reflected performance and achievement over the twelve months previous to presentation.[1]

List of winners[edit]

Year Sportsperson Nation represented Sport(s) contested
2002 Erik Weihenmayer  United States Mountain climbing
2003 Marlon Shirley  United States Track and field
2004 Kyle Maynard  United States Freestyle wrestling

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  1. ^ Because of the rescheduling of the ESPY Awards ceremony, the award presented in 2002 was given in consideration of performance betwixt February 2001 and June 2002.