Ami Dadon, centre, was named Sportsman of the Year at Israel's Awards for the Outstanding Paralympic Athletes ©Nadav Holtzman

Ami Dadon and Julia Cheroni have been named sportsman and sportswoman of the year, respectively, at Israel's Awards for the Outstanding Paralympic Athletes from 2022.

The ceremony took place at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv with prizes handed out by Olympic bronze medallists Or Sasson and Avishag Semberg.

The country's Sports Minister Miki Zohar was present alongside President of the Israel Paralympic Committee Eli Birenbaum, and chairman of the Association for Disabled Sports Ehud Rassabi.

Double Olympic champion swimmer Dadon won three gold medals at the Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships.

The 22-year-old triumphed in the S4 200 metres freestyle, 50m freestyle, and 150m individual medley.

Sport shooter Cheroni claimed a bronze medal at the most recent World Championships held in the United Arab Emirates and has already secured her place at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

"The medals and honour that our Paralympic athletes bring to Israel in the world are just a small sign of the enormous respect we have for them, for their pursuit of excellence and success in spite of difficulties and obstacles and a meagre political budget," Micki Zohar said, as reported by The Jerusalem Post.

Tel Aviv staged the awards ceremony which saw six prizes won ©Nadav Holtzman
Tel Aviv staged the awards ceremony which saw six prizes won ©Nadav Holtzman

The country's female goalball squad were named Team of the Year after winning world bronze in Portugal, and their manager Raz Shoham took Coach of the Year.

Swimmer Ariel Maliar was named Young Sportsman for reaching finals at the World Championships while kayaker Talia Eilat received the Young Sportswoman award after finishing sixth in the European Championships.

"The Paralympic athletes of the State of Israel, who have represented the country since its establishment, are the most accomplished athletes with the largest number of medals in Israeli sports, in the Olympics, the World Championships and the European Championships," said Birenbaum.

"We at the Paralympic Committee are committed to taking care of all the needs of our wonderful athletes, and of course to the next generation of Paralympic sports."

Paralympic tennis player Maayan Zikar was then named Breakthrough of the Year as she reached 22nd place in the world rankings.