The best athletes in 2022 among the disabled are the deaf athlete Leja Glojnarič, the deaf tennis player Marino Kegl, the men’s three-on-three deaf basketball team and the women’s sit volleyball team, they announced at the event in Bled.
The awards were given by the umbrella organization, the Federation of Disabled Sports – the Paralympic Committee of Slovenia.
Slovenian deaf basketball players were twice second in the Deaf Olympics and twice also European champions. Last year, however, the three-on-three team proved itself for the first time and won the title of world champions. The team included Miha Zupan, Miha Jakofčič, Jan Orešnik and Jaka Markovič.
Slovenian volleyball players have been part of the world’s elite for more than two decades. Slovenian women won second place in the Golden League of Nations last year, and were also fourth at the World Championship as the best European national team. Lena Gabršček, Suzana Ocepek, Valentina Brik, Klara Vrabič, Tija Vrhovnik, Senta Jeler, Jana Ferjan, Mira Jakin and Marina Cencelj performed.
Marino Kegl was already the sportsman of the year six years ago, and before that he also received awards for young sportsman. He is currently the fourth player in the world ranking of the deaf, he took fourth place at the last Deaf Olympics. The athlete of 2022 was not at Brdo, as he is already preparing for the start of the Australian Open Championship for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Leja Glojnarič is a versatile athlete. She won a gold medal in the high jump last year at the Deaf Olympics, and another one in the heptathlon, with two gold medals she went down in the history of Slovenian and international para sports. She won the sportswoman of the year award for the first time.