Tampa's Declan Farmer wins 2014 ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete with Disability

16-year-old won gold at 2014 Paralympic Games

TAMPA - Tampa native Declan Farmer won the ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete with Disability at the 2014 ESPY Awards on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

The 16-year-old helped lead the U.S. Men's Paralympic Sled Hockey Team to a gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Farmer was the leading scorer for the U.S. team with three goals and two assists. He also lead the American team during the 2013-14 season with seven goals and five assists.

Two of Farmer's goals came in a 3-0 win over Canada to put the U.S. in the Gold Medal game. The Americans beat the Russians 1-0 to win the gold, becoming the first team to sled hockey team to win back-to-back Paralympic golds.

Farmer was born a bilateral amputee and walks with prosthetics. He began playing sled hockey at age 8 in Clearwater. He began playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning Sled Hockey Team in 2007 and made the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team as a 14-year-old in 2012.

Later this year Farmer will be a junior at Berkeley Prep School in Tampa.

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