Vote for March’s Americas ‘Athlete of the Month’

Five countries and five sports represented among nominations 01 Apr 2019
five Para athletes competing in their sports

The contenders for March's Americas AOTM (clockwise from top left): Riskalla, Pino, Elliot, Duenas and the Argentina team

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The nominations for March 2019’s Americas ‘Athlete of the Month’ poll have been announced. The public are invited to vote for their winner via the Americas Paralympic Committee homepage until Monday 8 April.

Argentinian blind football team

Retained the World Grand Prix title in Tokyo, Japan, following a 2-0 victory over rivals England in the final.

Diego Duenas, Colombia, cycling

Stormed to gold in the men’s scratch C4 at the Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

Matias Pino, Chile, table tennis

Made headlines in his country after taking silver in the men´s singles class 6 at the Lignano Open in Italy.

Noah Elliot, USA, snowboard

Claimed his first world title in the men’s cross SB-LL1 in Pyha, Finland, as well as a silver in the banked slalom.

Rodolpho Riskalla, Brazil, equestrian

Started his 2019 season on a high by winning all three of his classes in his debut at the Al Shaqab Para dressage competition in Doha, Qatar.

Nominations are 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