Khetsuriani nominated for IPC’s Athlete of the Month
The Georgian wheelchair fencer reached the top of an incredible fifth World Cup podium of 2018 in Kyoto, Japan, in December.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for December’s Allianz Athlete of the Month, including Georgian wheelchair fencer Irma Khetsuriani.
The public can now vote for the winner on www.paralympic.org.
The Worlds gold medallist won an incredible fifth final of the year in the women’s sabre category B at the World Cup in Kyoto, Japan. It was the second competition in the qualification process toward the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
The win for Khetsuriani led to a 100 per cent podium record for 2018. It followed victories in Eger, Hungary; Montreal, Canada; Warsaw, Poland and an important home victory in Tbilisi. It was her sixth World Cup medal of the year in the sabre following a bronze in Pisa, Italy.
Khetsuriani is building towards the defence of her world title in 2019 at the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Championships in Cheongju, South Korea, from 17-23 September.
The other nominations are powerlifter Jhon Castaneda of Colombia; The Netherlands’ Diede de Groot (wheelchair tennis) ; Norway’s Vilde Nilsen (Nordic skiing) and Thailand’s Worawut Saengampa (boccia).
The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Friday (18 January) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for December 2018 via the International Paralympic Committee homepage.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).
The 2018 winners are:
January – Oksana Masters, USA, Nordic skiing
February – Mac Marcoux, CAN, alpine skiing
March (Best Male) – Brian McKeever, CAN, Nordic skiing
March (Best Female) – Ekaterina Rumyantseva, NPA, Nordic skiing
March (Best Team) – Chinese wheelchair curling team
April – Gemma Collis-McCann, GBR, wheelchair fencing
May – Sareh Javanmardi, IRI, shooting
June – Sevda Altunoluk, TUR, goalball
July – Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, IRI, sitting volleyball
August – Greg Polychronidis, GRE, boccia
September – Corne de Koning, NED, rowing
October – Women’s Japanese goalball team
November – Olena Chynka, UKR, Para dance sport