Five para-athletes have been shortlisted for the Allianz Athlete of the Month poll for February 2016, and the public are now invited to vote for their winner via www.paralympic.org.
The nominations are:
Andrey Smirnov, Russia, wheelchair curling
The team skip helped his team defend their gold medal at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2016 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Bibian Mentel-Spee, Netherlands, snowboarding
Mentel-Spee left the World Cup races in Big White, Canada, and Aspen, USA, with a 100 per cent winning record in the women’s SB-LL2.
Isis Holt, Australia, athletics
The 14-year-old smashed her own 200m T35 world record at IPC Athletics’ season-opening Grand Prix in Canberra, Australia. She knocked 0.19 seconds off the world mark she set at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Marie Bochet, France, alpine skiing
Continued her unbeaten season by winning both the slalom and giant slalom World Cup globes in the women’s standing, with finals in the speed races to go in March.
Stanislav Chokhlaev, Russia, Nordic skiing
The 26-year-old, guided by Oleg Kolodiichuk, defeated world champion Nikolay Polukhin in the biathlon World Cup in Finsterau, Germany, putting himself in good position to take the overall men’s visually impaired title ahead of the final World Cup races in March in Finland.
The public has until 12:00 (CET) on Wednesday (9 March) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for February 2016 via the www.paralympic.org homepage.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).