The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for November’s Allianz Athlete of the Month, and the public can now vote for the winner on www.paralympic.org.
The nominations are:
SOOHEE CHOI, SOUTH KOREA, JUDO
Choi beat two Paralympic champions to claim gold at the World Championships. The 25-year-old toppled France’s Sandrine Martinet, the Rio 2016 champion from the up to 52kg, and China’s Li Liqing on her way to the women’s up to 48kg title.
OLENA CHYNKA, UKRAINE, PARA DANCE SPORT
The Ukrainian won five gold medals over three busy days at the European Championships in Lomianki, Poland.
HAIYAN GU, CHINA, WHEELCHAIR FENCING
The 19-year-old beat Hungary’s world champion Zsuzsanna Krajnyak with an impressive 15-8 score for her first World Cup win in the foil, adding to her Asian Championships silver medal from October. It was a major upset in the women’s foil category A in Tbilisi, Georgia.
SUN QI, CHINA, SNOWBOARD
The 19-year-old first took a silver medal at the opening World Cup in Dubai, UAE, before completely dominating the men’s banked slalom SB-LL2 in Landgraaf, Netherlands. He not only clocked the fastest time among all riders on day one but went even faster the following day on his way to a stunning double gold.
MATTI SUUR-HAMARI, FINLAND, SNOWBOARD
The Finn won both snowboard-cross races in his home World Cup, including an historic victory in the first four-way race. He also took a pair of banked slalom silvers at the Landgraaf World Cup.
The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Tuesday (11 December) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for November 2018 via the International Paralympic Committee homepage.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).
The 2018 winners are:
January – Oksana Masters, USA, Nordic skiing
February – Mac Marcoux, CAN, alpine skiing
March (Best Male) – Brian McKeever, CAN, Nordic skiing
March (Best Female) – Ekaterina Rumyantseva, NPA, Nordic skiing
March (Best Team) – Chinese wheelchair curling team
April – Gemma Collis-McCann, GBR, wheelchair fencing
May – Sareh Javanmardi, IRI, shooting
June – Sevda Altunoluk, TUR, goalball
July – Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, IRI, sitting volleyball
August – Greg Polychronidis, GRE, boccia
September – Corne de Koning, NED, rowing
October – Kim Hyeon Uk, KOR, table tennis