Vote for October’s Americas ‘Athlete of the Month’

One wheelchair racer and two wheelchair tennis players nominated 14 Nov 2019
Three nominees for Americas Athlete of the Month for October 2019
Daniel Romanchuk, Angélica Bernal y Alexander Cataldo nominados como Atleta del Mes
ⒸGetty Images, Lima 2019

The nominations for October 2019’s Americas ‘Athlete of the Month’ poll have been announced. The public are invited to vote for their winner via the Americas Paralympic Committee homepage until Thursday, 21 November.

Alexander Cataldo, Chile, wheelchair tennis
Celebrated twice on home soil at the Antofagasta Open by winning the singles and doubles trophies.

Alexander Cataldo celebrates on the court after winning
ⒸLima 2019

Angelica Bernal, Colombia, wheelchair tennis
Won the Semana Guga Kuerten women’s singles title in Florianopolis, Brazil, after beating Great Britain’s former No. 5 in the world Lucy Shuker 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the final.

a female wheelchair tennis player clenches her fist on the court
ⒸLima 2019

Daniel Romanchuk, USA, athletics
Qualified for the second Paralympic Games of his career after defending his Chicago Marathon crown, finishing more than three minutes ahead of the second-place athlete with a time of 1:30.26.

A man in a wheelchair race crossing the finish line of the Chicago Marathon
ⒸGetty Images

Nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from across the continent.

The 2019 Americas Athlete of the Month winners are:

• January – Johanna Sossa and Johana Martinez, Colombia, wheelchair tennis

• February – Rebeca Valenzuela Alvarez, Mexico, athletics

• March – Matias Pino, Chile, table tennis

• April – Daniel Martins, Brazil, athletics

• May – Sherman Guity, Costa Rica, athletics

• June – Luis Flores, Chile, table tennis

• July – Juan Carlos Garrido, Chile, powerlifting

• August (Lima 2019 Best Female Athlete) – Sara Vargas, Colombia, swimming

• August (Lima 2019 Best Male Athlete) – Herbert Aceituno, El Salvador, powerlifting

• August (Lima 2019 Best Team) – Argentinian boccia team

• September – Stefania Ferrando, Argentina, boccia