There have been further honours for Cyprus' Pavlos Kontides as he was named the Sports Reporters Union of Cyprus best athlete of the year.
With 1,014 votes, Kontides took the honour, leaving other prestigious athletes behind by more than 300 votes, for his outstanding performance in the London Olympics 2012, which gave him a silver medal in sailing and Cyprus its first ever Olympic medal.
Additionally the Kontides family was awarded the Union's "Excellence Award" by the President of the Republic of Cyprus himself, for their ongoing support to Pavlos Kontides, which enabled his extraordinary performance in sailing.
Pavlos Kontides and his family were humbled and proud by the awards, and received them with great joy. Honouring the slogan of this sports celebration "Sports gives hope", both Pavlos Kontides and his family stressed the importance of sports in society and the youth, and nobly asked for the support of the state for all Cypriot athletes.
Kontides came onto the scene through the ISAF Youth Worlds making his first appearance in 2004 having benefitted from ISAF Athlete Participation Programme funding. Kontides represented Cyrpus five consecutive years in a row winning Laser Radial Boys gold in 2007 and 2008.
Kontides made his first Olympic appearance in 2008, finishing 13th and took silver medal at London 2012 to become Cyprus' first ever Olympic medallist.
With sailing in the public eye in Cyprus the ISAF Youth Worlds heads to Limassol, Cyprus from 13-20 July 2013.