The selfless and life-saving actions of New York physician Patricia De La Mora will be recognised tomorrow as she becomes one of six recipients of awards at his year’s United States Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs.
De La Moya distinguished herself at the July 2017 Ironman in Santa Rosa in California.
As she approached mile 26 of the race on her bicycle, she saw a fellow triathlete, Tim Gallagher, unconscious on the side of the course.
De La Mora halted her race to assist Gallagher and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation until emergency medical personnel arrived.
It was not until she reached the running course that she learned Gallagher had survived.
For these actions, Ironman named De La Mora an official ambassador at the 2017 World Championship in Kona in Hawaii.
The United States Olympic Committee (JSOC) announced that she will receive the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award, which annually recognises an athlete, team, coach or official for an outstanding act of fair play and sportsmanship.
The late Michael Stephens, founder of the Lakeshore Foundation, will be posthumously given the Olympic Torch Award.
Throughout his career, Stephens pioneered opportunities for countless individuals with physical disabilities to pursue fitness, recreation and competitive sport.
He was one of the first to incorporate competitive physical activity in the rehabilitation process, believing that an active life should be attainable for every individual.
The non-profit organisation founded by Stephens, Lakeshore Foundation, was officially designated a US Olympic and Paralympic training site in 2003, and has since produced 54 Paralympic athletes, coaches and staff members.
Stephens, who died in July 2017, also served as a member of the USOC’s Chief Executive Leadership Council and as an honorary team captain at the Paralympic Games Athens 2004.
The USOC ceremony will feature Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the keynote speaker and Olympic ice dance medallists Maia and Alex Shibutani as hosts.
Three-time Olympic freestyle skier Tracy Evans is chosen as the individual Rings of Gold recipient and Game On! Sports 4 Girls was named the programme Rings of Gold recipient.
The Rings of Gold Awards recognise an individual and a programme dedicated to helping children develop their Olympic or Paralympic dreams and reach their highest personal potential.
Following three appearances at the Olympic Games, Evans turned her focus to service and founded Kids Play International, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting gender equity and Olympic values through sport to children in post-genocide impacted countries.
Two National Governing Bodies will be recognised for achievement in diversity and inclusion initiatives.
USA Softball was chosen as the recipient of the Advancing D&I Award, while USA Triathlon was selected by its national governing body peers as the D&I Choice Award winner for its Paratriathlon Military Engagement Programme.