Vanessa Low received the Schumacher family's first Keep Fighting award
Three years after the skiing accident which nearly killed him, the family of the Formula One star have launched the Keep Fighting movement to bring joy to the former driver’s many fans and supporters.
And wife Corrina said she hoped the project would help to encourage her husband’s fans “to never give up”.
Now the family has presented their first award during a lavish ceremony at the weekend, which saw Rio Paralympics Gold medal winner Vanessa Low take home the top prize.
Held at Europe’s largest sports business congress SPOBIS in Dusseldorf, the athlete was praised for her impressive attitude after losing her legs in an accident at age 15.
Vanessa Low won gold at the Rio Paralympics
Ms Low was praised for her impressive attitude after losing her legs in an accident at age 15
Despite the life-changing moment, she has gone from strength to strength – but her real chance to shine came at the Rio Olympics when she set a World Record in the long jump and a personal best performance in the 100 meter sprint, bringing home the Silver medal.
The 2016 German Disabled Sportswoman of The Year, who currently lives in Australia, is looking forward to actively supporting the values of the Keep Fighting initiative.
She said: "I admire the Schumacher family for their courageous step.
“I am completely behind the values that this Award represents and I am very happy to help spread them.
“I was very surprised on first learning I was the winner, I am very proud I have been selected and I would like to thank them for it."
Michael Schumacher in pictures
Thu, February 4, 2016
Seven time F1 World Champion, Michael Schumacher is one of the greatest to have driven a racing car. Schumacher still remains critical after he suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident in 2013.
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Michael Schumacher presents the new Ferrari F310 in 1996
I admire the Schumacher family for their courageous step.
Paralympian Vanessa Low
She was presented with her award by Jean Todt, a long time friend of the family and former colleague.
But as well as praising the Silver medalist, the now president of the FIA also urged the public not to pressurise Mick who hopes to follow in the footsteps of his seven-time champion father.
The 17-year-old is stepping up to European Formula 3 with Prema Powerteam this year, after being ranked as the runner-up in both the German and Italian Formula 4 championships last season.
Michael Schumacher is considered one of F1's greatest drivers of all time
He is now expected to use this season as a springboard for his career, as the competition is traditionally seen as a stepping stone to a career racing on the top tracks around the world.
Mr Todt said: “Mick is a wonderful guy, I’ve known him since he was a baby and I love this guy. I can only ask everyone not to put so much pressure on him.”
The Frenchman predicted he had a great future ahead of him but says he needs time to continue training.
He added: “Mick is going to develop in his own way. He loves to race and he has demonstrated what he can do in Formula 4. We have to leave him alone.”
Michael Schumacher suffered a serious head injury while skiing in 2013
Schumacher Junior was even praised by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone in an interview earlier this month, as the racing boss said he hoped the young star would make it all the way to the top division.
He said: "If he is anywhere near as good as his father, why not? It would be good for Formula One if the name Schumacher was with us again."
His father Michael Schumacher suffered catastrophic head injuries in an accident while skiing in 2013, leaving him in a coma.
Little is known about his health, but the sporting legend has since been transferred to his Switzerland home where he is receiving £115k-a-week care from a specialist medical team.