U.S. Paralympians Tatyana McFadden and Ian Silverman are on the shortlist for the International Paralympic Committee’s April Athlete of the Month award. The public can vote for McFadden, Silverman or one of the three shortlisted international competitors at www.paralympic.org through May 8.
McFadden, a four-time medalist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, celebrated her 24th birthday by winning the London Marathon in a course-record time, just six days after winning the Boston Marathon. The win was extremely special for McFadden, who used the London Marathon to show her support for those affected by the tragic events that took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Silverman, who won a gold medal at the Paralympic Games last Sept., posted two world records at the CanAm meet in Minneapolis, Minn. He won the 800 meter S10 in a top time of 8:35.69 and broke the 33-year-old world record in the 1,500m S10 by clocking in at 16:24.63.
Other finalists for April's Athlete of the Month:
Martin Halls (Sweden, shooting): In his first major international competition, Halls won gold in the 10m air rifle standing SH1 event at the IPC Shooting World Cup event in Szczecin, Poland. His score of 204.9 set a new world record.
Mikhail Ivanov (Russia, ice sledge hockey): Ivanov was named the Best Goaltender at the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool, where he helped Russia win bronze in their first A-Pool appearance. He stopped more than 96 per cent of the pucks that flew his way, recording 55 saves.
Greg Westlake (Canada, ice sledge hockey): Westlake was named the Best Forward at the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool, where Canada won gold. As the team captain, Westlake led the Canadians with five goals in five games, including the game-winning score in the semi-final against the Czech Republic.
Voting closes at 12 CEST on May 8.