The International Paralympic Committee on Wednesday awarded three-time Paralympian Dr. Cheri Blauwet the International Women’s Day Recognition award. The IPC honored Dr. Blauwet for her athletic and medical achievements.
Dr. Blauwet is a seven-time Paralympic medalist in wheelchair racing. In 2000, she won one silver and three bronze medals in Sydney, and in 2004, she grabbed one gold and two bronze in Athens. Dr. Blauwet is also a four-time winner of the Los Angeles Marathon and a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons.
Outside of her athletic career, Dr. Blauwet has made major contributions in the medical field. She runs a sports medicine practice at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She also serves as an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.
“I am honoured and humbled to receive the 2017 IPC International Women’s Day Award. I believe in the important and essential voice of women at every table, in every profession, in every sporting arena,” Dr. Blauwet said when she received the award. “We need to continue to mentor young women to become involved as athletes, coaches, sport managers, and even sports medicine doctors! Women with impairments are central to the Paralympic Movement and I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful community.”
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Dr. Blauwet is also known for her contributions to the Paralympic movement. She has conducted research that has helped increase participation in Para sports and promote disability rights.
— Cheri Blauwet, MD (@CheriBlauwetMD) March 8, 2017
“We can’t think of a better person to receive the 2017 International Women’s Day Recognition than Dr. Cheri Blauwet,” Todd Nicholson, Chairperson of the IPC Athletes’ Council said in the press release. “Cheri has contributed to the Paralympic Movement in so many ways and the IPC Athletes’ Council would like to congratulate her on all of her accomplishments to date. This award recognises Cheri on this one day, but rest assured she is someone that has and will continue to provide great leadership and support to all those that follow in her success.”