The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for August’s Allianz Athlete of the Month, and the public can now vote for the winner on www.paralympic.org.
The nominations are:
CLAIRE CASHMORE, GBR, TRIATHLON
Dethroned compatriot Lauren Steadman with a home-stretch kick for her first career world title in the women’s PTS5 at the 2019 Grand Final.
JOYCE DE OLIVEIRA, BRA, TABLE TENNIS
Won all matches at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games, claiming gold in the singles (class 4) and team events (class 2-5), and therefore earning Brazil a qualification slot for Tokyo 2020.
LEANI RATRI OKTILA, INA, BADMINTON
Completed an outstanding season in singles play by avenging her 2017 loss to China’s Cheng Hefang in the women’s singles SL 4 and securing her first World Championship gold.
PETER PAL KISS, HUN, CANOE
Sixteen-year-old thrilled the home crowd by beating the 2018 world champion Esteban Farias of Italy by 0.75 seconds to win the men’s KL1 world title.
QU ZIMAO, CHN, BADMINTON
Teenager won double gold at the Para Badminton World Championships, capturing his first singles title in the men’s WH 1 and then adding the mixed doubles WH 1-2.
The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Wednesday (11 September) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for August 2019 via the International Paralympic Committee homepage.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).
The 2019 winners are:
January – Jeroen Kampschreur, NED, alpine skiing
February – Yujie Li, CHN, taekwondo
March – Lisa Bunschoten, NED, snowboard
April – Michael Roeger, AUS, athletics
May – Koji Sugeno, JPN, wheelchair tennis
June – Antoni Ponce, ESP, swimming
July – Silvia Biasi, ITA, sitting volleyball