Italy’s Beatrice Vio has been named the Allianz Athlete of the Month for October after winning her seventh straight major event this year at the World Cup in Paris, France.
The 18-year-old won gold in the women’s foil category B in October’s International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) event. The victory draws her closer to an undefeated season, as Vio has one more World Cup left in December in Sharjah, UAE.
Vio collected 78 per cent of the votes. German long-jumper Markus Rehm came in second in the poll with 16 per cent, followed by the USA’s Richard Browne (3 per cent), Cuba’s Omara Durand (2 per cent), and the Chinese women’s wheelchair basketball team (1 per cent), respectively.
The previous winners from 2015 were:
January – Andrew Soule, USA, Nordic skiing
February – Chris Vos, the Netherlands, snowboard
March – Maksym Nikolenko, Ukraine, table tennis
April – Nigel Murray, Great Britain, boccia
May – Martina Caironi, Italy, athletics
June – Eduard Ramonov, Russia, football 7-a-side
July – Siamand Rahman, Iran, powerlifting
August – Trevor Hirschfield, Canada, wheelchair rugby
September – Moran Samuel, Israel, rowing