OTTAWA – Wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., and Para alpine skier Mac Marcoux of Sault Ste Marie, Ont., were among the 10 finalists for the 2017 Americas Athlete of the Year Award announced this week by the Americas Paralympic Committee.
The public is invited to vote for their winner via https://www.paralympic.org/americas-paralympic-committee and have time to do so until next Friday (2 February). The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from across the continent.
Lakatos enjoyed a successful World Championships in London, winning gold in the men´s 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m T53 to finish as the competition’s most decorated athlete together with the USA´s Tatyana McFadden and Tunisia’s Walid Ktila.
Just prior to the worlds, Lakatos broke four world records at Grand Prix meets in Switzerland. He lowered the 100-m mark on May 27, the 200-m and 800-m on May 28 and the 1500-m on June 3.
Together with his guide Jack Leitch, Marcoux claimed four golds at the World para Alpine Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. They were first in the downhill, super G, slalom and giant slalom and ranked second in the super combined.
He also defended his downhill World Cup title with three wins, setting himself as the man-to-beat ahead of PyeongChang 2018.