Vote for May’s Allianz Athlete of the Month

Five athletes shortlisted for their outstanding performances 06 Jun 2019
Picture collage of five athletes: swimmer, judoka, wheelchair tennis player, ice hockey player and triathlete

(From left) Carolina Costa, Jetze Plat, Declan Farmer, Sophie Pascoe and Koji Sugeno up for May's honour

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for May’s Allianz Athlete of the Month, and the public can now vote for the winner on

The nominations are:

Carolina Costa, Italy, judo

World Championships bronze medallist beat China’s reigning world champion Hongyu Wang at the season-opening IBSA Judo Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan, with an ippon in the women’s over 70kg.

Declan Farmer, USA, ice hockey

The power forward scored the game-tying goal that forced overtime, then passed the puck to teammate Brody Roybal for the game-winner at the 2019 World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Sophie Pascoe, New Zealand, swimming

The multi-Paralympic and world champion won four gold medals at the Singapore World Series, setting three new world records on the way.

Jetze Plat, Netherlands, cycling

The Dutchman marked himself as one to watch in road cycling after storming to double gold at the second Para Cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium.

Koji Sugeno, Japan, wheelchair tennis

Sugeno led his national team to their first World Team Cup quad title after beating hosts Israel 2-1 in the final.

The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Thursday (13 May) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for May 2019 via the International Paralympic Committee homepage.

The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).

The 2019 winners are:

January – Jeroen Kampschreur, NED, alpine skiing

February – Yujie Li, CHN, taekwondo

March – Lisa Bunschoten, NED, snowboarding

April – Michael Roeger, AUS, athletics