Five Para-athletes have been shortlisted for the Allianz Athlete of the Month poll for May 2015, and the public are now invited to vote for their winner viawww.paralympic.org.
The nominations are:
Dylan Alcott, Australia, wheelchair tennis
Alcott won the quad singles and doubles at the Japan Open Super Series. He beat the top seeds in both finals: USA’s world No. 1 David Wagner in the singles final and the No. 1 tandem of Greg Hasterok and Wagner in doubles.
Martina Caironi, Italy, athletics
The Italian broke the 100m and 200m T42 world records at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland, and equalled the long jump world record at a meet in Barcelona, Spain.
Josh Pauls, USA, ice sledge hockey
Pauls’ four goals and two assists helped the US team claim the world title at the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool at home in Buffalo. Indispensable in defence, Pauls played every game and racked up 11 shots on goal to receive the Best Defenceman of the tournament.
Jetze Plat, the Netherlands, triathlon
Competing in the PT1 category, Plat took on some of the strongest contestants when the World Para-triathlon Event took place in Madrid, Spain. Plat beat four-time world champion Billy Chaffey by about seven minutes.
Marlou van Rhijn, the Netherlands, athletics
The Dutch athlete smashed both the 100m and 200m T43 world records at the Notwill Grand Prix, lowering the longer distance by 0.33 seconds.
The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Monday (8 June) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for May 2015 via thewww.paralympic.org homepage.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).
The 2015 winners so far are:
January – Andrew Soule, USA, Nordic skiing
February – Chris Vos, the Netherlands, snowboard
March – Maksym Nikolenko, Ukraine, table tennis
April – Nigel Murray, Great Britain, boccia
By IPC Media