The six candidates vying to replace Brazilian sprinting star Terezinha Guilhermina as the athlete representative on the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) Executive Board have been announced ahead of the Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada.
Chilean wheelchair tennis player Francisca Mardones, American swimmer Ileana Rodriguez, Canadian track athlete Jason Dunkerley, table tennis player Paul Polo of Ecuador, Mexican powerlifter Perla Barcenas and seven-a-side footballer Rodrigo Lugrin are the six athletes hoping to be elected.
Voting is due to take place from August 5 to 13 during the Parapan American Games, scheduled to open on August 7 and finish on August 15, at a voting area located near the dining hall in the Athletes’ Village.
Every accredited athlete will be able to vote for one person and with the elected candidate will serve a four-year term to provide an athletes' perspective on a "whole range of issues covering the Paralympic Movement in the Americas".
Mardones is a 37-year-old wheelchair tennis player, currently ranked at number 14 in the world, while swimmer Rodriguez was part of the United States team at London 2012.
Five-time Paralympic medallist Dunkerley, who specialises in middle distance running in the T11, is also hoping to be elected, as is Barcenas, twice a Paralympic bronze medallist.
The list is rounded off by Polo and Lugrin, who represented Argentina at London 2012.
Each of the 28 National Paralympic Committees which currently make up the APC had until May 8 to nominate one candidate who has "strong qualities of leadership, accomplishment, knowledge and respect, both on and off the field of play".
Candidates with "experience in and commitment to the advocacy of athlete related issues" were also welcomed.
Only active athletes were considered for the position and to be eligible candidates had to have competed at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara or intending to take part in Toronto.
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