Vote now for the Allianz Athlete of the Month – October 2015

The public has until 11 November to vote for their favourite from the five candidates. 04 Nov 2015
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Richard Browne, the Chinese women's wheelchair basketball team, Omara Durand, Markus Rehm and Beatrice Vio have been shortlisted for the Allianz Athlete of the Month poll for October 2015.


Five para-athletes have been shortlisted for the Allianz Athlete of the Month poll for October 2015, and the public are now invited to vote for their winner via the IPC's homepage.

The nominations are:

Richard Browne, USA, athletics

Browne won gold in the 100m and 200m T44 – breaking both world records – at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Chinese women’s wheelchair basketball team

China spoiled Australia’s run for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games by winning the Asia/Oceania Championships 59-43. With the win, China earned the only qualification slot available to Rio. Australia will miss out on Rio 2016 and not get to upgrade from their silver from London 2012.

Omara Durand, Cuba, athletics

The world’s fastest female Paralympian sealed a hat-trick at Doha 2015, winning the 100m, 200m and 400m T12 titles, while breaking all three world records in the process.

Markus Rehm, Germany, athletics

At Doha 2015, Rehm won the long jump T44 with a leap of 8.40m, adding 11cm to his own world record and 1cm shorter than Greg Rutherford’s International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) 2015 world title winning jump.

Beatrice Vio, Italy, wheelchair fencing

The 18-year-old won her seventh straight major event in the women’s foil category B at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Federation (IWAS) Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Paris, France. She is one win away from a perfect season.

The public has until 12:00 (CET) on Wednesday (11 November) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for October 2015 via the homepage.

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

The 2015 winners so far are:

January – Andrew Soule, USA, Nordic skiing

February – Chris Vos, the Netherlands, snowboard

March – Maksym Nikolenko, Ukraine, table tennis

April – Nigel Murray, Great Britain, boccia

May – Martina Caironi, Italy, athletics

June – Eduard Ramonov, Russia, football 7-a-side

July – Siamand Rahman, Iran, powerlifting

August – Trevor Hirschfield, Canada, wheelchair rugby

September – Moran Samuel, Israel, rowing