Ileana Rodriguez has been re-elected Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) Athlete Representative following elections held in Lima, Peru, during the Parapan American Games.
The U.S. Paralympian received 32.24 percent of the votes from the Para athletes, finishing ahead of Brazilian Simone Camargo (27 percent), Argentinian Giselle Muñoz (19.17), Jamaican Shauna-Kay Tawani Hines (11.39) and Chilean Cristian Valenzuela (10.07).
A total of 1,518 athletes voted, which represents 82.09 percent of the total number of Lima 2019 competitors, at the ‘Proud Paralympian’ athlete space located in the Dining Hall of the Parapan American Village.
Rodriguez, who was first elected back in 2015, said: “I want to thank all athletes who voted; it is an immense joy that such a big percentage participated in the elections. This is proof of the growing interest they all have in actively participating in debates that affect all Americas Para athletes.
“I am filled with emotion to see that so many feel represented and value the work we started four years ago, and trust me to take it to the next level. It is an honor and a beautiful responsibility to be an ambassador for them all.
“I want to continue contributing to the development of the Paralympic Movement in the Americas, with more athlete leaders in each country at the center of the decision-making process. With their support, from the grassroots level to the Paralympic Games, we will achieve any goal we set.”
The APC Athlete Representative is the voice of the Paralympic athletes in the Americas Region and a member of the APC Executive Committee.