Polychronidis named August Allianz Athlete of the Month

Greek boccia star wins first major individual gold in dramatic fashion 11 Sep 2018
male boccia player Greg Polychronidis with wife and assistant Katerina

Greg Polychronidis celebrates with wife and assistant Katerina after winning the BC3 individual world title


Greece’s Greg Polychronidis has been named the Allianz Athlete of the Month for August after a memorable winning performance at the 2018 World Boccia Championships.

Polychronidis won double gold, including the BC3 individual final in dramatic fashion. He fought back from behind to defeat the Paralympic champion and secure his first major individual title. He was also victorious in the BC3 pairs gold.

Polychronids received 42 per cent of the public votes. French long-jumper Marie-Amelie le Fur came in second with 34 per cent. Japanese wheelchair rugby player Daisuke Ikezaki was third (20 per cent). The Netherlands’ wheelchair basketball player Mariska Beijer and swimmer Liesette Bruinsma were also nominated.

The 2018 winners are:

January – Oksana Masters, USA, Nordic skiing

February – Mac Marcoux, CAN, alpine skiing

March (Best Male) – Brian McKeever, CAN, Nordic skiing

March (Best Female) – Ekaterina Rumyantseva, NPA, Nordic skiing

March (Best Team) – Chinese wheelchair curling team

April – Gemma Collis-McCann, GBR, wheelchair fencing

May – Sareh Javanmardi, IRI, shooting

June – Sevda Altunoluk, TUR, goalball

July – Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, IRI, sitting volleyball

August – Greg Polychronidis, GRE, boccia