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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 March, 2005, 14:02 GMT
Pearson bidding for Laureus joy
Paralympic champion Lee Pearson
Pearson was in superb form in Athens winning three golds
Triple Paralympic gold medallist Lee Pearson has been short-listed for the Laureus Sports Awards.

Pearson is one of six Paralympians shortlisted for the World Sportsperson with a Disability award.

The others are athletes Cheri Blauwet (USA) Chantal Peticlerc (Canada) and Henry Wanyoike (Kenya), Swedish shooter Jonas Jacobsson and Brazilian swimmer Clodoaldo Silva.

The awards will be presented in Estoril, Portugal on 16 May.

The equestrian star retained his individual Grade I dressage and freestyle titles and helped GB to success in the team event in Athens.

Pearson has picked up a host of awards since his Athens success, including the BBC Midlands Sports Personality of the Year.

He was nominated for the Laureus awards in 2001, when he lost out to Australian sailor Vinny Lauwers, and is hoping to make it second time lucky this year.

"Last time around, I was a very small fish in a very large pond and I was a bit intimidated by the whole experience but this time I think it will be easier as I know what to expect," he said.

"To be nominated is tremendous recognition both for my sport and my country and it is up to the judges to see who they think the winner should be."

Last time he attended the awards, Pearson met the likes of Hollywood stars Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas and Jean-Claude van Damme and both he and his mother, who is accompanying him, are looking forward to the event.

"My mother is getting very excited about the prospect of going," Pearson admitted.

"All she is worried about at the moment is planning a shopping trip to buy some new clothes for the various events that are planned."





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