Birgitta Kervinen of Finland wins IOC Women and Sport 2017 World Trophy.
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2017 IOC Women and Sport Awards: six trophies.
Finnish advocate of grassroots sports and gender equality Mrs Birgitta Kervinen was awarded the World Trophy for her tireless and long-standing efforts to promote gender equality in sport and society. Having enjoyed an extensive and influential career as a voluntary sports leader both nationally and internationally, Kervinen has been instrumental in uplifting and mainstreaming gender equality, and is a role model for many women and girls.
Five Continental Trophies were awarded to the following people:
- Winner for Africa: Ms Lidé Anne Ouoba Zoma (Burkina Faso) As one of the first women in her country to compete in long-distance running at an international level, Zoma has worked towards removing the barriers that prevent girls from participating in sport.
- Winner for the Americas: Dr Patricia Sangenis (Argentina) A medical doctor and former athlete, Dr Sangenis has worked towards raising awareness of female athlete health, helping to debunk myths about women’s sporting performance.
- Winner for Asia: Japan Ladies Tennis Federation (Japan) The Japan Ladies Tennis Federation has actively promoted women’s participation in tennis in a variety of ways, producing world-class Japanese players along the way and increasing women’s participation in sport.
- Winner for Europe: Ms Androulla Vassiliou (Cyprus) The Former European Commissioner for Sport has been instrumental in placing gender equality in sport within European Union policy-making.
- Winner for Oceania: Mrs Judy Otto (Palau) The President of the Palau Swimming Association has played a key role in encouraging women’s sport participation in the country and enhancing commitment to health and active living.
Winner for the Americas: Dr Patricia Sangenis
Winner for Africa: Ms Lidé Anne Ouoba Zoma
Winner for Oceania: Mrs Judy Otto
Winner of Asia: Ms Yaeko Takemasa .Japan Ladies Tennis Federation
Winners of the awards: Ms Yaeko Takemasa, Ms Lidé Anne Ouoba Zoma, Mrs Judy Otto, Dr Patricia...
IOC President Thomas Bach
Six award trophies
IOC Coaches Lifetime Award Jon Urbanchek
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