Five para-athletes and a team have been shortlisted for the Allianz Athlete of the Month poll for January 2015 and the public are now invited to vote for their winner via www.paralympic.org
The nominations for January 2015 are:
Jiske Griffioen, the Netherlands, wheelchair tennis
After almost 14 years on the circuit, 29-year-old Griffioen finally won her first Grand Slam singles title with victory at the Australian Open. She beat Japan’s world No.1 Yui Kamiji in the final 6-3 7-5.
Oleksandra Kononova, Ukraine, Nordic skiing
The 23-year-old was the star of the show at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in Cable, USA, winning gold in all six individual events she took part in. She also was part of the Ukraine mixed relay team that won silver.
Bjornar Erikstad, Norway, sailing
The 33-year-old claimed only his second ever World Cup win with victory in the 2.4mR in Miami, USA. Although he did not win any of the races, he consistently finished each race in the top three to top the podium.
Andrew Soule, USA, Nordic skiing
On home snow in Cable, USA, Soule made history by winning the most ever medals by a US athlete at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships winning three silver and two bronze medals.
Ben Moore, Great Britain, para-snowboard
Has hit top form during this season and made history in Aspen, USA, by winning the first ever snowboard-cross head-to-head. He secured his second World Cup win in the discipline in the upper-limb impairment class days later in Big White, Canada.
France relay team, Nordic skiing
The French cross-country open relay team upset all the odds on the last day of the IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships by defeating Paralympic champions Russia to win gold in the 4x2.5km relay.
The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Monday 9 February to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for January 2015 via the www.paralympic.org homepage.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).
The 2014 winners were:
January – Markus Salcher, Austria, alpine skiing
February – Matti Suur-Hamari, Finland, para-snowboard
March best male – Declan Farmer, USA, ice sledge hockey
March best female – Marie Bochet, France, alpine skiing
March best team – Russia, ice sledge hockey
April – Ali Jawad, Great Britain, powerlifting
May – Aled Davies, Great Britain, athletics
June - Safet Alibasic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, sitting volleyball
July – Markus Rehm, Germany, athletics
August best youngster – Maria Lyle, Great Britain, athletics
August best male – Yevheniy Bohodayko, Ukraine, swimming
August best female - Sarah Morganti, Italy, equestrian
September – Eduardo Avila Sanchez, Mexico, judo
October – Siamand Rahman, Iran, powerlifting
November - Kelsey Diclaudio, USA, ice sledge hockey
December – Daniel Dias, Brazil, swimming