Chinese double-amputee climbing sensation Xia Boyu has won the June Laureus Sporting Moment of the Month global vote. The inspirational 69-year-old was recognised for his remarkable achievement in reaching the summit of Mount Everest on his fifth attempt, despite being a double-amputee. Both of Xia’s legs were amputated below the knee after he suffered frostbite in a failed Everest expedition at the age of 25, but his determination to achieve his dream never wavered.
Xia becomes the fourth Nominee for the Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year, joining March campaign winners and ski jumping legends Sven Hannawald and Kamil Stoch, April winner Doddie Weir, and Rochdale football star Joe Thompson who won the May public vote.
Each month, from March to December, the public can select their favourite Moment from a shortlist of four videos, chosen by the sporting legends of the Laureus World Sports Academy. Monthly winners will then go head-to-head in a final public vote, with the winner being announced at the 2019 Laureus Awards Ceremony.
The Laureus Sporting Moment Award demonstrates qualities such as fair play, sportsmanship, drama and dedication, and looks beyond the scoreboard or podium. They are emotional and inspirational moments, symbolising the true value of sport and bringing to life the message that sport has the power to change the world.