Matias Pino named Americas ‘Athlete of the Month’

Chilean table tennis player makes headlines after taking silver at Lignano Open 09 Apr 2019
Matias Pino of Chile

Chilean table tennis player Matias Pino

ⒸThomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC

Matias Pino has been chosen as Americas ‘Athlete of the Month’ for March after receiving 43 per cent of the public vote.

The Chilean table tennis player made headlines in his country after taking silver in the men´s singles class 6 at the Lignano Open in Italy.

Brazilian rider Rodolpho Riskalla came in second with 36 per cent. He started the season on a high by winning all three of his classes in his debut at the Al Shaqab Para dressage competition in Doha, Qatar.

Colombian cyclist Diego Duenas (15 per cent) was third after taking the track world title in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

The Argentinian blind football team and US snowboarder Noah Elliot were also nominated.

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