Vanessa Low wins the inaugural Schumacher award

By on Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Rio Paralympics Gold medalist Vanessa Low is the winner of the inaugural Keep Fighting Award, an initiative inspired by Michael Schumacher.

The award will be presented by FIA President Jean Todt and reigning Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg on January 30, at Europe's largest sports business congress, SPOBIS, in Düsseldorf.

The Paralympic athlete was chosen by the family of Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher as "this impressive figure embodies and conveys the values that this prize wants to promote: to never give up and; despite setbacks to positively shape the future" said Sabine Kehm, on behalf of the Schumacher family.

The Keep Fighting Award is the first action of the Keep Fighting initiative, which was recently launched by the Schumacher family for charitable purposes. The global initiative is inspired by the former Formula 1 World Champion, who has been admired for his fighting attitude during his entire international career and has been supported with great sympathy since his ski accident in 2013.

"With this initiative, Michael's family would like to return some of the positive energy they receive from his wonderful fans, through a range of charitable projects” Kehm added.

Vanessa Low lost both her legs in an accident at the age of 15, but has been impressive from the outset with her attitude, her fighting spirit and the open attitude with which she overcame her fate and stresses. At the Rio Paralympics in 2016 she shone - after she had also mastered sporting setbacks - by setting a World Record in the long jump and a personal best performance in the 100 meter sprint, which brought her the Silver medal.

The 2016 German Disabled Sportswoman of The Year is looking forward to actively supporting the values of the Keep Fighting initiative: "I admire the Schumacher family for their courageous step. I am completely behind the values that this Award represents and I am very happy to help spread them. I was very surprised on first learning I was the winner, I am very proud I have been selected and I would like to thank them for it."

Vanessa Low will be presented with the Keep Fighting Award by Jean Todt, a long-time friend of the Schumacher family. The laudation will be delivered by Nico Rosberg, who from 2010 to 2012 was Schumacher's team-mate, with the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team.

The Keep Fighting Award comes in a prize of €75,000; including €25,000 in the form of a scholarship at the renowned "SPOAC - Sports Business Academy by WHU".

At the request of Corinna Schumacher, the Keep Fighting Award trophy is constructed in the form of a pagoda of materials that correspond to the five elements of the Chinese doctrine: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

The award is established to honor people who inspire others by means of an exemplary attitude and personal excellence, people who might encourage others to contemplate or rethink; and will be given at regular intervals, with an annual schedule being planned. For this year's inaugural Keep Fighting Award, the Schumacher family has chosen the winner, while in the future a selection body may be formed.

The Keep Fighting Award presentation on 30 January will be live streamed from approx. 5:50 pm at:

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