Martin Schulz was one of four winners at the Team D Awards ©Getty Images

Frank Stäbler, Martin Schulz, Felix Loch and Anna-Lena Forster won top prizes at the inaugural Team D Awards today at the Europa-Park in Rust, recognising their exploits at Beijing 2022 and Tokyo 2020.

Organised by the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and German Disabled Sports Association (DBS), the awards focused on unique moments, personal stories and achievements which inspire others.

Wrestler Stäbler won the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games award after his bronze-medal finish in the men's under-67 kilograms class, while triathlete Martin Schulz was propelled to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic award after winning the PTS5 race.

Luger Loch and Para Alpine skier Forster were crowned with the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic awards, respectively.

Forster won women's slalom and super combined women's sitting gold medals, plus a downhill silver.

Three-time Olympic champion Loch did not win a medal at Beijing 2022, but won public hearts and has been helping Ukrainian refugees following the conclusion of the Games.

"It was important to us to honour sporting role models and inspiring moments with the newly-created Team D Awards, even apart from winning medals," DOSB President Thomas Weikert said.

"The passion, emotions and team spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic athletes deserve special recognition.

"Congratulations to all nominees and especially to the winners of the first Team D Awards!"

Fans and athletes were able to vote for the winners in a public poll held from March 16 to 23.

There were three nominees per category, selected by a five-person jury.

"The Team D Awards is a very nice opportunity to honor our role models and to express our thanks and appreciation in this way, even apart from results and competitions," added Friedhelm Julius Beucher, President of the DSB.

"They create goosebumps with their athletic ability and inspire people in many ways."

More than 160 German Olympians and Paralympians were in attendance at the ceremony.