Best Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award
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.
List of winners
|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|
- Paralympic Games
- United States Olympic Committee Paralympian of the Year Award
- Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability
- 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.