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Paralympic Sports: Wheelchair Fencing

Beatrice Vio named October’s Allianz Athlete of the Month

The Italian wheelchair fencer drew closer to an undefeated season after the World Cup in Paris. 11 Nov 2015
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Beatrice Vio

Beatrice Vio

ⒸAugusto Bizzi

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