Lima 2019: Vote for Best Team

Four nominees in the poll to select Best Team of the Parapan American Games 15 Oct 2019
Four photos of the four nominees for Best Team at Lima 2019
Cuatro nominados para Mejor Equipo de Lima 2019
ⒸLima 2019

The Americas Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for Best Team 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 Tuesday (22 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, while Salvadoran powerlifter Herbert Aceituno was selected Best Male Athlete. 

Brazilian men’s goalball team

Successfully defended the Parapan title after a hard-fought 12-9 victory over USA in the final.

Brazilian goalball players lifting their arms to celebrate after winning the Lima 2019 competition

US men´s wheelchair basketball team

Hammered all their opponents on their way to the final, where they convincingly defeated Canada 76-43. 

two male wheelchair basketball players fight for the ball

Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team

In one of the top moments of the Parapan American Games, Canada beat USA 67-64 in the gold medal-match to take revenge from the Toronto 2015 defeat.

a group of female wheelchair basketball players hugging

Argentinian boccia team

Subsequently beat Mexico 12-0 and Brazil 8-1 to reach the top of the podium in the BC1/BC2 event.

Argentinian boccia player throws the ball with his foot

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

• August (Lima 2019 Best Male Athlete) – Herbert Aceituno, El Salvador, powerlifting