This past Friday in Egelsbach, Germany, the Hessian Disability and Rehabilitation Sports Association (HBRS )held their annual awards ceremony where the wheelchair basketball team RSV Lahn-Dill won the team of the year. Player Thomas Böhme came away with the Athlete of the Year honor.
Last year, RSV Lahn-Dill won both the German national men’s wheelchair basketball league and the German cup. They won the award with 33% of the vote, beating wheelchair basketball competitors Mainhatten Skywheelers and blind football team SSG Blista Marburg. Böhme beat out VSG Darmstadt swimmer Daniel Simon and TV Groß-Umstadt swimmer Nils Bender. Böhme was a member of the German men’s national team that competed at last year’s IWBF U23 men’s national championship where he averaged sixteen points a game.
In other awards, table tennis player Yannick Rüddenklau won the Junior Athlete of the Year, and national table tennis team coach Udo Winkler won the Coach of the Year award.
HBRS Vice President Heinz Wagner said of the event, “We wanted to let our athletes tonight to get the attention and appreciation they deserve. I think that has been an outstanding success. My congratulations go first to our Laureate Udo Winkler. Congratulations I say of course to our victorious athletes and those who have not been elected in the first place. You are all heroes of the Hessian disability sports. ”