Field athlete Andre Rocha (BRA), wheelchair racer Alexandre Dupont (CAN), swimmer Daniela Gimenez (ARG), field athletes Francisca Mardones (CHI), and Mauricio Valencia (COL); and swimmer Robert Griswold (USA), are the six Para athletes shortlisted for April 2018’s Americas ‘Athlete of the Month’ poll.
The public are invited to vote for their winner via the Americas Paralympic Committee homepage until Monday (14 May).
The nominations are:
Andre Rocha, Brazil, athletics
Broke a world record* that has stood for almost 20 years after throwing a stunning 8.73m in the men’s shot put F53.
Alexandre Dupont, Canada, athletics
Beat three-time Paralympic champion Kurt Fearnley of Australia to win the gold medal in the 1500m T54 at the Commonwealth Games.
Daniela Gimenez, Argentina, swimming
Won two golds, one silver and bronze at the third World Series in Sao Paulo, her return to competition after winning the world title in Mexico City.
Francisca Mardones, Chile, athletics
Set an Americas record* of 6.69m in the women’s shot put F54 at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
Mauricio Valencia, Colombia, athletics
Established a new world record* of 38.23m in the men’s javelin F34 at the Colombia National Open.
Robert Griswold, USA, swimming
Won two gold medals in the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke, and set US and Americas records in the 100m butterfly at the World Series in Indianapolis.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from across the continent.
The 2018 Americas Athlete of the Month winners are:
• January – Fernando Fuentes, El Salvador, swimming
• February – Brenna Huckaby, USA, snowboard
• March – Cristian Ribera, Brazil, Nordic skiing
*subject to ratification by World Para Athletics