Oswego Cyclist Wins Athlete of the Year Honor
Dec 12, 2015 07:54AM
● By Steven Jack
Oswego's Joe Berenyi was named the 2014-15 Male Paralympian of the Year this week in Philadelphia. (Submitted photo)
Oswego's own Paralympic Gold Medal winning cyclist Joe Berenyi was the winner of yet another honor this week.
Berenyi was named the United States Olympic Committee Male Paralympian of the Year at the Team USA Awards awards ceremony Thursday in Philadelphia.
The award comes after a banner year for Berenyi who won three medals – including two golds – at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in the Netherlands. He added four medals – including three golds – at the 2015 Parapan American Games and won titles in the time trial and road race at the 2015 US Paralympics Road Cycling Nationals.
Berenyi also was nominated for an ESPN ESPY Award this summer and traveled to Los Angeles for the televised ceremony in July.
Berenyi became a paralympic athlete after losing his right arm and left knee cap in a construction accident. In addition to this year's World Championship titles, Berenyi won a Gold, Silver and Bronze metal at the 2012 London Paralympic games.
The Team USA Awards show, which featured NBC’s Natalie Morales as host, will be televised at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27 on NBC Sports Network.