Ukraine’s Olena Chynka has been voted the Allianz Athlete of the Month for November after dazzling at the 2018 World Para Dance Sport European Championships.
Chynka danced to five European titles over three days in Lomianki, Poland, becoming the competition’s most decorated dancer. The Ukrainian won both her singles standard and freestyle class 2 events. Together with dance partner Oleksandr Onishchenko, the duo were the judges’ top favourites in the standard, Latin and freestyle class 2 styles.
Chynka received 67 per cent of the public votes. China’s snowboarder Sun Qi was second with 20 per cent and wheelchair fencer Haiyan Gu came in third with seven per cent. Finnish snowboarder Matti Suur-Hamari and South Korean judoka Soohee Choi were also nominated.
The 2018 winners are:
January – Oksana Masters, USA, Nordic skiing
February – Mac Marcoux, CAN, alpine skiing
March (Best Male) – Brian McKeever, CAN, Nordic skiing
March (Best Female) – Ekaterina Rumyantseva, NPA, Nordic skiing
March (Best Team) – Chinese wheelchair curling team
April – Gemma Collis-McCann, GBR, wheelchair fencing
May – Sareh Javanmardi, IRI, shooting
June – Sevda Altunoluk, TUR, goalball
July – Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, IRI, sitting volleyball
August – Greg Polychronidis, GRE, boccia
September – Corne de Koning, NED, rowing
October – Japanese women’s goalball team
November – Olena Chynka, UKR, Para dance sport