A World Championship-leading performance has earned Turkish goalball player Sevda Altunoluk the Allianz Athlete of the Month honour for June.
The 24-year-old was the tournament’s top scorer (both men and women’s) with 46 goals at the 2018 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball World Championships in Malmo, Sweden. She was a crucial part of Turkey’s path to silver medal success.
Altunoluk received 64 per cent of the public votes. US wheelchair racer Daniel Romanchuk came in second with 26 per cent. Brazilian blind footballer Richardinho, Norwegian rower Birgit Skarstein and Japanese wheelchair tennis player Shingo Kunieda 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