U.S. paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell, who won her third consecutive world title last month, has been shortlisted for the International Paralympic Committee's October Athlete of the Month award. The public can vote for Stockwell at www.paralympic.org through Nov. 9.
Stockwell won her third consecutive paratriathlon world title in Auckland, New Zealand, in the women's TRI-2 class. A veteran of the Iraq war, she competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in swimming, and is now focused on competing in paratriathlon when the sport debuts in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The other finalists for October's top performers include:
- Montjane Kgothatso (South Africa): She became the first African wheelchair tennis player to ever qualify for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and Invacare Doubles Masters and is now
- Yannick Bourseaux (France): The summer and winter sport athlete defended his para-triathlon world title in the men's TRI-4 class while simultaneously training to qualify for Sochi 2014 in nordic skiing.
- Marcel Hug (Switzerland): The Swiss Silver Bullet won his third straight Oita Marathon, finishing with a top time of 1:25:08 in the T34/53/54 class, just a couple of weeks after winning the Berlin Marathon.
- Alphanso Cunningham (Jamaica): The 32-year-old, who won javelin F52/53 gold at London 2012, has been shortlisted because of the effect he's had on his country since returning from the Paralympics. In addition to winning the Commonwealth Sports Award for Most Outstanding Male Athlete with a Disability in October, he has received tremendous praise from Jamaican government officials and the press in regards to how he's changed perceptions in his country.
The public now has until 12 p.m. (CEST) on Nov. 9 to vote for which athlete it thought had the best performance last month.