Samantha Teran, the 37-year-old Mexican who reached a career-high of World No.11, was awarded Mexico’s 2018 National Sport Merit Award – one of the highest honours possible for athletes from the country.
At a gala celebration Teran, who has won 16 PSA World Tour titles during her career to date, was presented the award by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in recognition of her outstanding sporting achievements – which include an all-time Central American Games Gold Medal record haul of 15.
Teran was recognised alongside other athletes such as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez – the multiple weight boxing world champion.
Speaking on her facebook page after receiving the award, Teran said: “It is very special to receive this award and especially to have it presented by the president. It is for me a great honour and fills me with pride and appreciation to receive this distinction for my career as a squash player.
“There are so many great athletes nominated so to have this award is special. I have total admiration and respect for each of the winners and for all Mexican athletes. We all fight for a common end, which is to represent Mexico dignity and put our flag at the top.
“But this award is not just for me, it also something that recognises all those people who have helped me during my career.
“This is the maximum acknowledgement for an athlete of any sport in Mexico and is a great moment for squash. As an ambassador of squash I wish to achieve the dream that this sport that is my passion will finally be included within the Olympic Program.”
Following the award, Samantha has received a huge amount of publicity in Mexico, including this segment on ESPN.
Samantha with the President