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Masters Nominated for IPC Athlete of the Month

(Press release)

Six para-athletes have been shortlisted for the Allianz Athlete of the Month poll for February 2015 and the public are now invited to vote for their winner via www.paralympic.org

The nominations for February 2015 are:

Chris Vos, the Netherlands, Snowboard

The 17-year-old did not just celebrate his birthday at the World Championships in La Molina, Spain, he also won two world titles.  He topped the podium in the SB-LL1 class in the snowboard cross head-to-head and banked slalom.

Aled Davies, Great Britain, Athletics

At the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai, UAE, Davies set two new world records in 24 hours.  He first broke his own discus F42 record by 17cm with a throw of 48.87m. In the shot put F42 he threw 15.92m to beat his previous record by 1.21m.

Alexey Bugaev, Russia, Alpine skiing

The 17-year-old heads into March’s World Championships in the form of his life.  In February, he won both slalom races at the World Cup Finals in St. Moritz to maintain his 100 per cent World Cup record in the discipline.  He followed it up with wins in downhill and super combined at the NorAm Cup in Canada.

Gustavo Fernandez, Argentina, Wheelchair tennis

The World No.4 completed a memorable first visit to Rotterdam, Netherlands, when he beat world No. 5 Joachim Gerard 6-0 3-6 6-1 to win the first ITF 1 Series singles title of 2015 at the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Oksana Masters, USA, Nordic Skiing

In just her second season in winter sports, sit-skier Masters won four out of five races at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup in Asahikawa, Japan, to lead the World Cup rankings.

Perle Bouge, France, Rowing

At the French Indoor Rowing Championships, Bouge posted a new world record of 3:47.5 over the 1,000m distance in the women’s TA event to take 4.7 seconds off her previous best set in 2013.

The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Monday 9 March to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for February 2015 via the www.paralympic.org homepage.

The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).

The 2015 winners so far are:

January – Andrew Soule, USA, Nordic Skiing

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