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In the concert hall “Korolevsky”, Moscow in the framework of the international decade of disabled persons, the XII Prize Awarding Ceremony of the Russian Paralympic Committee “Return to Life” has been held

30 November 2017
Preceded by the Awarding ceremony, the Masters of Sport of International level in acrobatic rock-n-roll - Margarita Charkovskaya and Ivan Kudryavtsev showed their skills. 
“Return to life” is held for the twelvths year since 2005. This Award brings together many outstanding people in order to once again express their admiration for those, who is a sample of the strength of spirit, the brightest example of unbending will and the model of cheerfulness. The one who managed to prove not any challenges, difficulties could stop the desire for the full and inspired life.
This year RPC is conducting the ceremony jointly with the TV channel “Match TV”.

In the first nomination "Overcoming" two prize winners were awarded at the same time:
3-time winner and silver medalist of 2017 World Wheelchair Fencing Championship, Master of Sports of the international level - Maxim Shaburov and two-times world champion of 2017 in road cycling among people with physical impairments, Master of sports of Russia, the winner of prestigious award of the International Cycling Union (UCI) 2017 - Sergey Semochkin .
Winners were awarded by Assistant of the President of the Russian Federation, Vice-President of the Russian Olympic Committee - Igor Levitin, the President of the Russian Paralympic Committee - Vladimir Lukin and Deputy Minister of Sport of Russia - Pavel Novikov.

In the second nomination, which is called “Strength in will” awards were given to two winners, to be accurate to the winning Duo of Masters of Sport of Russia - Stepanida Artahinova and Ivan Kozlov. Together, at the 2017 Para-Archery World Championships, they won gold medals in the mixed doubles, in addition, Stepanida won bronze medal in women`s team competition. 
Awards and memorable gifts were presented by Honored Master of Sport of the USSR, the bronze-price winner of archery Olympic Games, President of the Russian Federation of archery Vladimir Esheev, General Producer of TV Channel “Match TV” Tina Kandelaki, Vice-President of the Central Council for Tourism and Recreation Nikolai Paltsev

In nomination “Standing Point” the winner is Andrei Ryabinskiy, the President of the promotional company “World of Boxing”. He hired the best specialists in the field of international sport law in order to defend the right of Russian Paralympians. 
The winner of the fourth nomination “Our life is struggle” became the champion of the Para-Taekwondo World Championships in 2017, bronze medalist of the 2015 World Championships, silver and bronze medalist of European championshis, member of Russian National Para Taekwondo Team - Evgeniy Aliferenko.
Athlete was awarded by the Honored Master of Sport of USSR, 2 times champion and bronze medalist of Olympic Games in Boxing - Boris Lagutin, Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation - Pavel Novikov, member of RPC Governing Board, the Hero of Russia, first Deputy Secretary of the Public Chamber of Russian Federation -Viacheslav Bocharov, and the President of Taekwondo Union of Russia - Anatoly Terekhov.
As a tradition, the winners in the nomination “And life and tears and love…” as a tradition is a married couple. This time two Honored masters of sports in cross-country skiing and biathlon for persons with visual impairments - Stanislav Chokhlaev and Julia Chokhlaev came on stage to receive the prestigious prize. Julia has won “gold”, 2 “silver”, and “bronze” medals of the home 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi. Stanislav has 2 “silver” and one “bronze” medals of the Paralympic Games. Tomorrow, Stanislav, as a part of the group of Russian athletes, will fly to Canada to participate in Qualification events for the 2018 Peoyungchang Paralympic Games. 
Honored Master of Sports of the USSR, silver and bronze prize-winner of the Olympic Games in biathlon - Alexander Privalov, Chairman of the Committee for Budget and Financial Markets of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation - Sergey Ryabukhin and the head of corporate relations of the company “Koti” - Anastasia Nefedova presented their awards to the couple.

In the nomination “Personal Example”, the awards were again presented to two winners. 
Honored Couch of Russia – Elena Belkina, who, while being the head coach, led the Russian team in Wheelchair Fencing to the first team place at the World Championship in 2017 and Andrei Mikhailov – the coach of the Russian national team and the undisputed chief referee of all major all-Russian and international competitions in Athletics for people with physical impairments, intellectual disabilities, visual impairments; also, obtained an institutional award “excellent worker of physical culture and sport”. The Honored awards were presented by the 4-times Olympic champion in fencing, First Vice-President of Russian Olympic Committee - Stanislav Pozdnyakov, Head of the Department of Sport and Tourism of Moscow, Olympic Champion in Speed Skating - Nikolai Gulyaev and Director of Jewelry House “Mikhailov Gallery” Moscow - Vladislav Iorsh.

In the next category “I love you, life” a well-deserved award received Sakinat Magomedova – 2-times World Champion (2017, 2015), 3-times European Champion in Para Teakwondo.
The award was handed by the Deputy Head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency of Russia - Yulia Miroshnikova, Head of marketing department of Lmt. “Sberbank Life Insurance” - Ekaterina Yakushkina.
In the nomination, “Second Breath” the winner became the champion, silver and bronze medalist of the Paralympic Games in 7-a-side football, Honored master of sports of Russia - Andrey Kuvaev. The nominee, being on the post of director of the Sports School “Salyut” in Dzerzhinsk, was actively engaged in the promotion of Paralympic sports – transmits his experience and skills to young pupils.
The well-known footballer, in the recent past was honored by his mentor, the Honored Coach of Russia, the head coach of the Russian national 7-a-side football team - Avtandil Baramidze, the Chairman of Committee for Social Policy of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation - Valery Ryazansky, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Forward” Company - Arthur Arzumanov, representative of “KOSMOFARM” LLC - Ekaterina Savinova.
 In the nomination “Turn of Fate», the award was granted to the Honored coach of Russia, head coach of Russian national cycling team among people with physical impairment Ekaterina Mukhortova, whose pupils have repeatedly won medals of continental championships.
She was celebrated by the Honored master of sports of the USSR, Olympic champion in Ice Hockey - Stanislav Petukhov, Honored master of sports of the USSR, silver and 5 times bronze medalist of the World championships in cycling - Aino Puranen, Vice-President of the Paralympic Committee, first Deputy Chairman of Committee on education and science of State Duma of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation - Oleg Smolin and the representative of the Trading house “Rublev”. The Vice-President of the International charitable Fund of assistance to improvement of peace and friendship “Children of the Sun” - Sergey Romanovsky.

The award in the final nomination “Return to Life” received the Honored Master of Sports, 3-times bronze medalist of Paralympic Games - Victoriya Potapova.
The Award to athlete was granted by the Secretary of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation on development of physical culture and sports - Alexey Kulakovskiy, silver and bronze Olympic medalist in judo, Vice-President of the Federation of Judo of Russia - Tamerlan Tmenov, Chairman of the Governing Board, first Vice-President of the Russian Paralympic Committee, Honored coach of Russia - Pavel Rozhkov, and Deputy Director of Department of social guarantees of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia - Sergey Borovichev.
Last year, at the XI award ceremony “Return to Life”, the story of the athlete Elena Gorlova from Smolensk, who spent 8 years in a nursing home, was shown on TV screens. A year ago standing on the same stage, the representatives of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation and the leaders of the Russian Paralympic Committee gave their floor to assist in solving its incredibly complex housing issue.
Moreover, this promise is fully fulfilled. In September, the athlete moved to a new specially equipped for her apartment. “Dream come true” – now Elena Gorlova knows for sure.
In conclusion, Vladimir Lukin and Pavel Rozhkov addressed the participants and guests. In their speeches, they thanked partners who provided assistance and support in organizing events: “We would like to express special gratitude to the national sports channel Match TV, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia, the central sports club “Vityaz” in the city of Podolsk, the Charitable Fund “Heritage”, Trade union of workers of physical culture, sports and tourism of the Russian Federation, to the manufacturer of sportswear – Forward company, Bosco company, Insurance company “Sberbank-life insurance”, the Central Council of Tourism and Leisure, the international manufacturer of cosmetics and perfumery “Coty”, jewelry house “Mikhailov Gallery”, trading house “Rublev”, COSMOPHARM and ORTOKOSMOS companies and international charitable fund to promote peace and friendship “Children of the Sun”. 

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