Published Monday, 10 September 2012
Michael McKillop, of Team Ireland, receiving his achievement award on Sunday. (© Getty)
The Whang, Youn Dai Achievement Award was presented to the Co Antrim runner at the spectacular closing event of the London 2012 Games on Sunday night which also saw singer superstars Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z take to the stage.
The Glengormley athlete, who has cerebral palsy, was named the male competitor who best embodies the spirit of the Games.
He was chosen for the unique prize by The International Paralympic Committee and was presented with the award by Dr. Whang, Youn Dai.
The award is named after the Korean doctor, who contracted polio as a child. She has dedicated her life to the development of Paralympic sport not only in her native country, but all around the world.
McKillop won two gold medals in the T37 1500m and 800m races, setting new world records in both races.
He was chosen out of the 58 nominees for dedicating his time to helping and encouraging thousands of schoolchildren across Ireland.
The 22-year-old said he believes all Paralympians should help promote their own sports and serve as role models for the next generation.