Vote now for May’s Allianz Athlete of the Month

Five Para athletes from five different sports shortlisted 01 Jun 2018
five Para athletes competing at their sports

(clockwise from top left) Shevchuk, Riskalla, Javanmardi, Genyn and Gagne

ⒸGetty Images/Rafael Burza/FEI/Liz Gregg/Wagner Meier/Florent Perville

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

The nominations are:

Mariana Shevchuk, Ukraine, powerlifting

Made history at the European Open Championships by lifting an unprecedented 130.5kg to set a new world record in the women’s up to 55kg.

Peter Genyn, Belgium, athletics

Set two world records at the Nottwil Grand Prix; the first of 20.07 in the men´s 100m T51 and the second of 1:17.21 in the 400m T51.

Priscilla Gagne, Canada, judo

Gagne claimed gold in the women’s -52kg at her home IBSA Judo Pan-American Championships in Calgary after winning all three of her fights by ippon.

Rodolpho Riskalla, Brazil, equestrian

Took the top spot in two out of the three tests he rode in (the team test and individual), and third place in the freestyle, at the Maimarkt competition in Mannheim, Germany.

Sareh Javanmardi, Iran, shooting

Double Paralympic champion added two world titles to her collection at Cheongju 2018, overcoming a penalty deduction to win the P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1), and beating an otherwise all-male field to take gold in the P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1).

The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Friday (8 June) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for May 2018 via the International Paralympic Committee homepage.

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

The 2018 winners are:

January – Oksana Masters, USA, Nordic skiing

February – Mac Marcoux, CAN, alpine skiing

March (Best Male) – Brian McKeever, CAN, Nordic skiing

March (Best Female) – Ekaterina Rumyantseva, NPA, Nordic skiing

March (Best Team) – Chinese wheelchair curling team

April - Gemma Collis-McCann, GBR, wheelchair fencing