Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00
In an exclusive ceremony at the New York Athletic Club on April 14, the Amateur Athletic Union honored A Step Ahead’s Amy Palmiero-Winters, a resident of Hicksville, with its highest honor, the James E. Sullivan Award.
Presented annually for the past 80 years to the top amateur athlete in the country, the Sullivan Award is often called the “Oscar” of sports awards and has been given in the past to athletes including Michael Phelps, Michelle Kwan, Peyton Manning, Bruce Jenner and others.
Palmiero-Winters, a below-the-knee amputee, was judged from among six finalists as the winner for her accomplishments in ultramarathoning as well as character, leadership, and her dedication to helping younger amputees build confidence and overcome their limitations by introducing them to sports. She beat all able-bodied male and female competitors in the 24-hour Arizona Road Racers 24-hour race (running 130.4 miles in the process) and was named to the USA 24-hour running team, which will be competing at the world championships in Brive, France.