Invacare Corporation's Team Invacare Athlete Sonja Peters Named 2002 Sportswoman of the Year
December 17, 2002 3:01:00 PM ET

ELYRIA, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2002--Invacare Corporation's Team Invacare athlete Sonja Peters was named 2002 Sportswoman of the Year in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Ranked fourth in the world by the International Tennis Federation, Peters won a string of victories in late 2002, including the French Open, the Australian Open and the Invacare World Team Cup. She also won several runner-up titles at other opens, including The Netherlands, France, Japan and the United States.

Peters, 25, of The Netherlands, first broke into the ITF rankings in 1995 at position No. 58. She jumped to the top five by 1998, and she has remained and competed there ever since. The Eindhoven award was presented in early December.
Peters offered a spontaneous speech expressing gratitude for the award and for the recognition of her achievements in her sport "This really means a lot to me," she said.

Invacare Corporation IVC is the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home medical products which promote recovery and active lifestyles through more than 25,000 providers. The company, which had 2001 revenues of $1.05 billion, goes to market in the following channels of distribution: home care, mass retail and institutional. Within these channels of distribution, Invacare participates in the following product segments: Home Care, which includes rehab products, respiratory products, manual wheelchairs, home care beds, therapeutic support surfaces and personal care products marketed by Invacare's Home Care Group; Soft Goods and Supplies, which includes ostomy, incontinence, wound care and diabetic supplies marketed by Invacare Supply Group; and Institutional, which includes nursing home beds, patient lifts and slings, nursing home furniture and bathing systems marketed by Invacare Continuing Care Group. The company's headquarters are in Elyria, Ohio, and the firm has manufacturing plants in the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. For more information about the company, visit Invacare's website at
Invacare Corporation's Team Invacare sponsors approximately 75 wheelchair athletes and teams, including wheelchair tennis, basketball (the Cleveland Cavaliers wheelchair team and individuals as well as Dallas Mavericks), quad rugby teams, and individual track and racing athletes.

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Susan A. Elder, 440/329-6549