Vote now for the Allianz Athlete of the Month - September 2015

October 2, 2015

Six para-athletes have been shortlisted for the Allianz Athlete of the Month poll for September 2015, and the public are now invited to vote for their winner via

The nominations are:

Stefan Daniel, Canada, triathlon

The 18-year-old ended the winning streak of Germany's Martin Schulz in the men's PT4 race at the para-triathlon World Championships. It came about two weeks after he won the Edmonton International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para-Triathlon Event.

Marina Mohnen, Germany, wheelchair basketball

Mohnen helped her team take back their European Championship crown by defeating the Netherlands 72-62.

It was Germany's 10th historic European title. Mohnen was named MVP of the finals, finishing with 21 points.

Esther Oyema, Nigeria, powerlifting

Oyema broke the women's up to 55kg world record three times on her way to gold at the All Africa Games, registering a final lift of 133kg.

Moran Samuel, Israel, rowing

Samuel captured her first world title in the AS women's singles sculls, improving on her silver medal from last year's World Championships. She beat Norway's defending champion Birgit Skarstein, who took bronze.

Jordanne Whiley, Great Britain, wheelchair tennis

Whiley made history at the US Open after becoming the first British woman to win a wheelchair tennis Grand Slam singles title. The 23-year-old beat Japan's defending champion and world No. 3 Yui Kamiji 6-4, 0-6, 6-1.

Xu Feng Zou, China, wheelchair fencing  

Zou entered the World Championships ranked No. 17 and won two surprise golds in the women's epee and sabre category A events. Zou beat teammate and defending world champion Jing Bian in the sabre.

The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Friday (9 October) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for September 2015 via the homepage.

The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).

The 2015 winners so far are:

  • January - Andrew Soule, USA, Nordic skiing
  • February - Chris Vos, the Netherlands, snowboard
  • March - Maksym Nikolenko, Ukraine, table tennis
  • April - Nigel Murray, Great Britain, boccia
  • May - Martina Caironi, Italy, athletics
  • June - Eduard Ramonov, Russia, football 7-a-side
  • July - Siamand Rahman, Iran, powerlifting
  • August - Trevor Hirschfield, Canada, wheelchair rugby



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