IPC has announced its shortlist for January’s Athlete of the Month award

Marie Bochet, The public has until 23:59 (CET) on 10 February to vote for who they think had the best performance last month on the para-sport scene. Fans can vote via the IPC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/paralympicsporttv.

The finalists for January include:

– Marie Bochet (France): Bochet dominated the slopes in January, racking up three Slalom golds and two Giant Slalom golds at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup. She now leads this year’s world rankings in both events.

– Roman Petushkov (Russia): The 33-year-old endurance athlete won two Cross-Country golds and a pair of golds in Biathlon at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup. He leads the season’s world rankings in both the Cross-Country and Biathlon Sitting events.

– Taiki Morii (Japan): The alpine skier raced to three Giant Slalom Sitting golds at the IPC World Cup to cement himself a place at the top of the world rankings in the Sitting category.

– Michelle Stilwell (Canada): The Paralympic Games gold medallist broke three world records in three days at the Summer Down Under Series in Sydney, Australia. She set new marks in the 100m, 200m and 400m T52 events, establishing herself as the one to beat in her classification at this year’s Paralympic Games.

– Great Britain’s SKUD Sailing Team: The duo of Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell sailed to a first-place finish at the 2012 IFDS Sailing World Championships in the USA, and the pair has already qualified for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

– Michael Jeremiasz (France): The Wheelchair Tennis star started off his 2012 campaign with 17 straight singles wins, taking the titles in all four of his tournaments: the Queensland Open, the Adelaide Open, the Melbourne Open and the Sydney International Open. He has yet to lose a singles match this year.

The previous award winners from 2011 were:

– 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)

– September: Mark Rohan (Ireland’s handcycling road world champion)

– October: Natalia Partyka (Poland’s Para-Table Tennis European singles champion)

– November: Colombia men’s Wheelchair Basketball team that stole silver at the Parapan American Games

– December: Alexandra Starker (Canada’s two-time gold medallist at the NORAM Cup)

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 develop 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.

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