Brazil’s Alessandro Rodrigo, Canada’s Adam Dixon and USA’s Roderick Townsend are the three shortlisted Para athletes for the Americas ‘Athlete of the Month’ poll for April 2017.
The public are invited to vote for their winner via www.americasparalympic.org homepage and have time to do so until Thursday (11 May).
The nominations are:
Alessandro Rodrigo, Brazil
The reigning Paralympic champion reached 44.66m to break the men's F11 discus world record at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Fernando Rufino, Brazil
After recovering from a heart condition that prevented him from competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, he produced a successful comeback as he stormed to gold in the men’s KL2 at the Canoe South American Championships in Paipa, Colombia.
Adam Dixon, Canada
Was awarded Best Defenceman at the World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Gangneung, South Korea. With four goals and 14 assists, Dixon was instrumental in his team’s record fourth title and victory over arch rivals the USA.
Roderick Townsend, USA
Broke his own world record in the men’s high jump event at the Mt. SAC Relays in California, USA, soaring to 2.13m to add a centimeter to his F46 record mark.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from the continent.
The 2017 Allianz Athlete of the Month winners so far are:
• January – Gustavo Fernandez, Argentina, wheelchair tennis
• February – Alexander Cataldo, Chile, wheelchair tennis
• March – Maria Paula Barrera, Colombia, swimming