IPC announces Athlete of the Month shortlist for Best Female

Nominees for the top male performance from August and September include: Jacqueline Freney, Yu Chui Yee, Sophie Christiansen, Sarah Storey, Muffy Davis and Esther Vergeer. 05 Oct 2012
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From top left the nominations for Female Athlete of the Month are Yu Chui Yee, Sophie Christiansen, Muffy Davis, Jacqueline Freney, Esther Vergeer, Sarah Storey

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The public now has until 12:00 (CEST) on 12 October to vote for their favourite performance.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for the Best Female Athlete of the Month for August and September combined based on performances at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and the public can now vote for the winner on www.paralympic.org.

The finalists for the award include:

Jacqueline Freney (Australia, swimming): The Australian was the most decorated athlete at London 2012 with an astounding eight gold medals at the Aquatics Centre. Six of her golds came from individual events, with the other two coming from relays.

Yu Chui Yee (Hong Kong, wheelchair fencing): With gold in the women’s individual epee and foil category A events and a bronze in the women’s team category open, Yee was arguably the top-performing wheelchair fencer at London 2012.

Sophie Christiansen (Great Britain, equestrian): The 24-year-old left her mark as the top Paralympic equestrian rider in the world, winning gold in the individual championship test and individual freestyle test grade 1a events, in addition to helping the British reach the top of the podium in the team test grade 1a.

Sarah Storey (Great Britain, cycling): The cyclist capped off the 20th year of her career with gold in all of her events, taking the top prize in the individual pursuit and time trial C5 events on the track and the individual road race and time trial in the C5 class on the road. She is now Great Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian, surpassing Tanni Grey-Thompson’s collection of 11 golds, four silvers and one bronze.

Muffy Davis (USA, cycling): The American rider was a perfect three-for-three in London, claiming gold in the individual time trial and road race H1-2 at Brands Hatch, in addition to partnering with Oscar Sanchez and Matthew Updike to win the H1-4 team relay. London 2012 was the first Summer Games for the four-time Paralympic winter medallist, a former skier.

Esther Vergeer (Netherlands, wheelchair tennis): The Dutch tennis sensation won her fourth Paralympic gold and 470th straight singles match when she beat compatriot Aniek van Koot to wrap up the women’s singles gold at Eton Manor. She partnered with Marjolein Buis to win doubles gold.

The public now has until 12:00 (CEST) on 12 October to vote for their favourite performance.

Because of the London 2012 Games, the IPC did not have an Athlete of the Month for August or September, but rather will have three award winners for those two months. These will include the Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete and Best Team from the London 2012 Games.

To help compile the shortlists for each category the IPC took nominations from the National Paralympic Committees and International Sport Federations that took part in the London 2012 Games.