IPC Announces Shortlist for September Athlete of the Month

01 Oct 2011

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced its shortlist for September’s Athlete of the Month award.

The public has until 23:59 (CET) on 6 October to vote for who they think had the best performance last month on the para-sport scene. Fans can vote on the IPC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/paralympicsporttv.

The full shortlist for September includes:

• Tom Aggar (Great Britain): Won gold in the Adaptive Men’s Arms and Shoulders Single Sculls at Rowing World Championships on Lake Bled, Slovenia, retaining his world title and earning a qualification spot for London 2012.

• Allison Jones (USA): Retained world titles in both the C2 Road Race and Time Trial events at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Roskilde, Denmark.

• Mark Rohan (Ireland): Won gold in both the H1 handcycling Road Race and Time Trial at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Roskilde, Denmark.

• Great Britain’s men’s Wheelchair Basketball team: Won its first European Championship since 1995, defeating Germany in the finals in Nazareth, Israel.

• Germany’s women’s Wheelchair Basketball team: Was undefeated at the European Championships in Nazareth, Israel, beating the Netherlands in the final game to capture the gold.

Previous winners of the award in 2011 are as follows:

• January: Yon Santacana (Spain’s world champion Alpine Skier)

• February: Italy’s Ice Sledge Hockey European Championship team

• March: Neil Fachie (Great Britain’s world champion track Para-Cyclist)

• April: Mikhalina Lysova (Russia’s world champion Biathlete and Cross-Country Skier)

• May: Kristy Pond (Australia’s multi-medal winner at the Arafura Games)

• June: Zoe Newson (Great Britain’s junior world champion in Powerlifting)

• July: Danielle Brown (Great Britain’s three-time medallist at the Para-Archery World Championships)

• August: Ellie Cole (Australia’s six-time gold medallist at Para Pan Pacific Swimming Championships)

Notes to the Editor:

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by 170 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.

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