- Mexican football fan Gilberto Martinez, who honoured his family at the FIFA World Cup after tragically losing them in a car crash, wins Laureus Sporting Moment vote in August
- September public vote launches TODAY with four emotional and heartwarming videos
- Laureus Sporting Moment of the Month celebrates fair play, sportsmanship, drama and the emotion of sport
- Click here to view September’s contenders and vote at myLaureus.com
Mexican football fan Gilberto Martinez, who honoured his family with an emotional visit to the FIFA World Cup in Russia after tragically losing his family in a car crash, has won the Laureus Sporting Moment of the Month public vote in August.
Having planned to go to Russia together as a family. Gilberto lost his wife and two young children, aged eight and six, in a fatal car crash in April on holiday in Delray Beach, Florida. Martinez, a lawyer, sought help from a psychologist who told him that in order to move on and to honour his late family, he should “close the only outstanding issue in a beautiful family, to fulfil the dream of the four.”
Gilberto travelled to Russia and watched Mexico’s first game against defending champions Germany, wearing the tags of his family. Mexico won 1-0 – on June 17, Father’s Day. “It was very difficult,” said Martinez. He uploaded a video to Facebook and received more than 3,000 comments. Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa wrote on social media: “This was for your family.”
Gilberto Martinez becomes the sixth Nominee for the Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year, joining March winners and ski jumping legends Sven Hannawald and Kamil Stoch, April winner Doddie Weir, Rochdale football star Joe Thompson, who won in May, June’s winner, Chinese double-amputee Xia Boyu who climbed Mt Everest and Springboks historic first black Test captain Siya Kolisi, who won the July 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 of the Month campaign for September launches TODAY with four engaging and emotional Moments:
A VOW TO STAND – Australian BMX star Sam Willoughby makes a heartfelt vow to stand at his wedding to fellow racer Alise Post, 15 months after a freak training accident left him paralysed from the chest down.
FRIENDS FIRST, RIVALS SECOND – Inspirational sporting act sees Minnesota High baseball player Ty Kohen console his friend on opposing team, rather than celebrating with team mates.
THIS IS FOR YOU, MUM – In an emotional tribute to his late mother, 8-year-old Edward Mills becomes youngest person to climb the Old Man of Hoy, raising funds for cancer charity in the process.
SEEING IS BELIEVING – Partially-sighted athlete Jaryd Clifford competes against able-bodied athletes at the IAAF Under 20 World Championships.
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.
To view these emotional and engaging Moments and to VOTE for your favourite, visit myLaureus.com. Sports fans can also send videos that they have seen and enjoyed to myLaureus.com and they will be considered for shortlisting in future months.