The Americas Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for the Best Male Athlete of August based on performances at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games, and the public can now vote for the winner on the website until Friday (11 October).
In lieu of the Americas Athlete of the Month award for August, the honour is being separated into three different categories – Best Female Athlete, Best Male Athlete and Best Team – based on results at Lima 2019.
Colombian 12-year-old swimmer Sara Vargas was named Best Female Athlete after winning four golds and one silver at the Parapan.
Gustavo Fernández, Argentina, wheelchair tennis
World No. 1 did not disappoint and won gold both in the singles and doubles, hammering his rivals.
Carson Sanocki, USA, swimming
At 20 years old, enjoyed successful Games in Lima by winning two golds, one silver and one bronze.
Alberto Abarza, Chile, swimming
Had a performance to remember in the pool with three golds and two silvers to finish as his country’s most decorated athlete.
Akeem Stewart, Trinidad & Tobago, athletics
Won the discus F64 with a 63.70 world record throw; he also added silver in the javelin to his tally.
Javier Serna-Marlon Pérez, Colombia, cycling
Secured four titles on Peruvian soil, two on the road and two on the track.
Herbert Aceituno, El Salvador, powerlifting
Claimed his country’s first Parapan American gold in 20 years by topping the podium in the up to 65kg.
Henry Borges, Uruguay, judo
Defended the men’s up to 60kg title he had won at Toronto 2015 and gave Uruguay the only gold in Lima.
Raúl Anguiano, Guatemala, badminton
Became a celebrity in his country overnight by winning Guatemala’s first Parapan title ever in singles SL4.
Eduardo Ávila Sánchez, Mexico, judo
Rose to the challenge by taking the men’s up to 81kg gold.
Rosbil Guillén, Peru, athletics
Won a redemptive gold in the men’s 1,500m T11 following his disqualification after finishing first in the 5,000m final.
The nominations were compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from across the continent.
The 2019 Americas Athlete of the Month winners are:
• January – Johanna Sossa and Johana Martinez, Colombia, wheelchair tennis
• February – Rebeca Valenzuela Alvarez, Mexico, athletics
• March – Matias Pino, Chile, table tennis
• April – Daniel Martins, Brazil, athletics
• May – Sherman Guity, Costa Rica, athletics
• June – Luis Flores, Chile, table tennis
• July – Juan Carlos Garrido, Chile, powerlifting
• August (Lima 2019 Best Female Athlete) – Sara Vargas, Colombia, swimming