Canadian Adam Dixon was selected by the public as Americas ‘Athlete of the Month’ after being awarded Best Defenceman at the World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Gangneung, South Korea.
With four goals and 14 assists, Dixon was instrumental in his team’s record fourth title and victory over arch rivals the USA.
In the public polls, he finished first with 68 per cent of the votes, followed by Brazilian canoeist Fernando Rufino (18 per cent). Track and field athletes Roderick Townsend of the USA and Alessandro Rodrigo of Brazil were also nominated.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from the continent.
The 2017 Allianz Athlete of the Month winners so far are:
• January – Gustavo Fernandez, Argentina, wheelchair tennis
• February – Alexander Cataldo, Chile, wheelchair tennis
• March – Maria Paula Barrera, Colombia, swimming
• April – Adam Dixon, Canada, ice hockey