Ian Silverman nominated for Best Youngster

By International Paralympic Committee | Sept. 19, 2014, 11 a.m. (ET)
Ian Silverman
Ian Silverman celebrates his world record at the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, California. 

Following a loaded month of Paralympic sport competition, the International Paralympic Committee split August's Allianz Athlete of the Month into three categories - Best Male, Best Female and Best Youngster. U.S. swimmer Ian Silverman, 18, highlights the nominees for Best Youngster.

After completing the votes for Best Male and Best Female, voting for Best Youngster is now open at Paralympic.org until Sept. 26. The public will determine the award winner.

Silverman (Baltimore, Maryland) smashed a nearly 13-year-old world record in the men's 400-meter freestyle S10 race on Aug. 6, the opening day of the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, California. He swam a 4:03.57 en route to gold, besting the 4:04.20 swam by Canada's Philippe Gagnon on Aug. 7, 2001, when Silverman was 5.

It was just the start of an incredible meet for Silverman, who joins the able-bodied NCAA Division I swim team at the University of Southern California this fall. He set American records in the men's 100m butterfly S10 (58.19) and men's 200m individual medley (2:13.77). In total, he won seven medals (one gold, two silver and four bronze) from Aug. 6-10.

Other nominations:

Chantalle Zijderveld, swimming

At just 13-years of age, Zijderveld is the Netherlands’ latest swimming prodigy after taking gold in the 100m breaststroke SB9 in a new European record time on home soil at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Maria Lyle, track and field

Great Britain’s Lyle, at just 14-years-old, won double gold at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea, Great Britain, to beat Italian world champion Oxana Corso in the women’s 100m and 200m T35.

Federico Morlacchi, swimming

Morlacchi is one of Italy’s biggest medal hopes heading towards Rio 2016. The 20-year-old won his first European title and five gold medals at the IPC Swimming European Championships.

Lauren Steadman, triathlon

Great Britain’s Steadman caused the shock of the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Edmonton, Canada, with the 21-year-old beating compatriot and four-time world Champion Faye McClelland to end her dominance of the PT4 category.

Andrew Mullen, swimming

Great Britain’s 17-year-old Mullen put in an excellent display at the 2014 Europeans, winning four gold medals and setting two new European records.

Earlier this month, Ukrainian swimmer Yevheniy Bohodayko was announced as the winner of the Best Male category, following his performance the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships. Italy’s para-equestrian rider Sara Morganti was then named Best Female after causing the shock of the Alltech 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games.

Nominations from all three awards are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees, including U.S. Paralympics, and International Federations.