Brenna Huckaby wins the 2018 ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.
Brenna Huckaby's year just keeps getting better and better!
The two-time, Paralympian gold medalist is adding yet another award to her trophy case this week, as she takes home the ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. Brenna took to Instagram after the awards cermony to reflect on her journey and the other women "who were also nominated for their female badassary."
"I hope one day we won’t have 'with a disability' behind our badassness," she wrote. " But I’m proud of the limits [my fellow female athletes have] pushed."
Am i dreaming?! Such a huge honor to stand with other such incredible athletes. I have been an athlete my entire life. I liked to say I started in the womb. With that, I wouldn’t be here without the strong adaptive athletes who came before me creating the sport and pushing boundaries. Also, I’m so proud of the women I have met along the way who were also nominated for their female badassary. I hope one day we won’t have “with a disability” behind our badassness but I’m proud of the limits you’ve pushed. Lastly, I wanted to say thank you to my mom who moved across the country to give me a chance at a new life. Thank you for my dad and brothers who missed out on having a mom and sister at home for two years while I chased my dream to be on the US National Team. Thank you to my fiancé who is my biggest fan and who takes amazing care of our daughter while I travel. Thank you to my daughter for my main motivation. I do all of this for you. Thank you to my coach @lane.clegg for teaching me how to snowboard. Thank you to all of you for voting for me. We did it! I am so honored to be here.
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The award comes just three days after Brenna opened the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit x Paraiso runway show, where she rocked a radiant smile and maroon bikini as she strutted down the catwalk.
Earlier this year, Brenna also became the first amputee to appear on the pages of SI Swimsuit. The professional snowboarder and mother was over the moon about the opportunity to use her new platform to empower and encourage other women with disabilities to feel sexy in their own skin.
"Everyone should feel sexy," Brenna told SI Swimsuit. "It doesn’t matter what your body looks like, when you feel good in your skin it shows. Let me tell you, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t feel good in your own skin!
"...It’s very rare, if ever, you see a woman with a disability pose in sexy swimsuits. I want to help change the stigma behind disabilities. I want other women, regardless of their body, to know they are powerful and sexy."
See all of Brenna's gorgeous photos from SI Swimsuit 2018: