The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced its bumper shortlist of eight for January’s ‘Athlete of Month’ following a busy month of sport which included two World Championships.
With Sestriere, Italy having hosted the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships and Christchurch, New Zealand staged the IPC Athletics World Championships, the shortlist this month takes into account a number of gold medal winning performances from two of the biggest events in the Paralympic calendar.
All members of the public are invited to vote for which athlete they believe they deserves the title via www.facebook.com/Paralympicsport.TV
The shortlist includes:
In possibly the most competitive class of athletics, the British athlete won three gold medals out of three races with superb tactical performances to claim the 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m world titles.
Brazil’s visually impaired athlete left Christchurch with four gold medals including the 100m, 200m, 400m, and Women’s 4x100m T11-13 relay. In addition she broke her own 100m World record and smashed the 10 year old 200m World record.
Of Canada’s four gold medals in Christchurch, three of them were won by Michelle Stilwell. The T52 athlete set Championship records to win the 100m, 200m and 400m and also won silver in the 800m.
With four gold medals in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1,500m, as well as bronze in the 100m, and two Championship records, the US T54 athlete finished in Christchurch as one of the top individual performers
The US athlete will go down in history as the first man in seven years to inflict defeat on South African Oscar Pistorius over 100m. No-one will forget the epic 100m final nor should they forget the silver medals he won in the 200m or Men’s 4x100m relay T42-46.
Slovakian Alpine Skier Henrieta Farkasova was the most successful female athlete at the 2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Sestriere, Italy, claiming four gold medals and one bronze medal.
Spaniard Jon Santacana and his guide Miguel Galindo were hard to beat in Sestriere, claiming three gold medals and two silver medals.
Four gold medals and two solver medals made French Alpine Skiier Vincent Gauthier-Manuel the top medalist at the 2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Sestriere, Italy.
The 2010 “Athletes of the Month” were as follows:
January: Alexi Salamone, Ice Sledge Hockey
February: Mariann Marthinsen, Cross-Country Skiing
March: Canadian Wheelchair Curling Team
April: Sinisa Vidic, Shooting
May: Katrin Green, Athletics
June: Padraic Moran, Boccia
July: Chinese Women's Sitting Volleyball Team
August: Daniel Dias, Swimming
September: US Wheelchair Rugby Team
October: Katrina Hart, Athletics
November: Anna Schaffelhuber, Alpine Skiing
December: Shingo Kunieda, Wheelchair Tennis
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The deadline for votes is Sunday 6 February.