IPC Announces All-Women Shortlist for Athlete of the Month02 Mar 2012 By IPC
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced its shortlist for February’s Athlete of the Month award, and the public can now voice its opinion for the winner via a poll on the homepage of the IPC’s recently launched new-look website, www.paralympic.org.
This month’s shortlist is made up entirely of women in honour of International Women’s Day on 8 March.
The public has until 23:59 (CET) on 7 March 2012 to vote for whom they think had the best performance last month on the para-sport scene.
The finalists for March include:
Sarah Storey (Great, Britain): Storey cruised to gold in the 3km Pursuit C5 and 500m Time Trial C5 and a silver in the Mixed Team Sprint at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles, USA.
Oksana Slesarenko (Russia): Russia’s team captain led its Wheelchair Curling team to gold at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships in Chuncheon, Korea. It was Russia’s first-ever medal in the sport on the international stage.
Andrea Rothfuss (Germany): Rothfuss racked up six total medals – four golds and two silvers – at the IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup.
Laurie Stephens (USA): The American picked up two golds at the IPC Alpine Skiing NORAM Cup and then three golds at the IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup in February.
Grace Ebere Anozie (Nigeria): Took gold at the final London 2012 Powerlifting qualification event in the women’s over 82.5kg with a lift of 168kg, which would be a new world record if ratified by the IPC.
Thailand’s Women’s Wheelchair Tennis Team: The trio of Ratana Techamaneewat, Sakhorn Khanthasit and Chusri Inthanin qualified for the BNP Paribas World Cup this year with a top performance in the Asia/Oceania region.