Athlete of the Year 2019

Athlete of the Year 2019

25 candidates when voting opens tomorrow

25 candidates – a number equalling the record from last year – from 25 sports have been nominated by their international federations to compete in the online voting for The World Games Athlete of the Year 2019.

This is the 6th time that the IWGA is running the race for the Athlete of the Year. The award honours an athlete or a team for their outstanding performance in 2019, or for their social commitment or particularly fair behaviour.

This year, voting begins at 09:00 CET on 8th January and ends at 15:00 CET on Thursday 30th January 2020. As before there will be a fixed date, after which only the 10 candidates with most votes at that time will continue in the race, and this date is 20th January.

As in previous years, votes can be cast once in every 24 hours. As a new rule this year, all voters must vote for two candidates at the same time, giving one candidate two votes and another candidate one vote. It is hoped that this will bring The World Games family closer to each other, by introducing the athletes to more than just their ‘own’ fans. The athletes’ list on the voting page will be in random order, with the order changed each day, in order to avoid the same candidates always getting the second votes.

Last year, the Acrobatic Gymnastics couple Mariia Chernova & Georgii Pataraia (RUS) won the title with 159,348 votes, just ahead of the American Powerlifter Jennifer Thompson with 152,865 votes. All in all a record number of votes, 492,104, were cast in last year’s race. The winners will receive trophies and prizes from the official sponsor Protective Life.

Voting page, candidates and the voting rules

Candidates for The World Games Athlete of the Year 2019:

Aikido

Christian Tissier

FRA

 

Airsports

Wanraya Wannapong

THA

 

Archery

Sara Lopez

COL

 

Baseball - Softball

Stacey Porter

AUS

 

Beach Handball

Team Brazil

BRA

 

Bowling

Maria Rodriguez

COL

 

Canoe

Mads Pedersen

DEN

 

DanceSport

Armen Tsaturyan & Svetlana Gudyno

RUS

 

Finswimming

Pavel Kabanov

RUS

 

Fistball

Mateus Kuntzler

BRA

 

Floorball

U19 Team Czech Republic

CZE

 

Flying Disc

Team Finland

FIN

 

Gymnastics

Davide Donati & Michela Castoldi

ITA

 

Hockey

Rani

IND

 

Karate

Stanislav Horuna

UKR

 

Kickboxing

Vladislav Tuinov

RUS

 

Lacrosse

Madison Copeland

AUS

 

Muaythai

Jimmy Vienot

FRA

 

Orienteering

Tove Alexandersson

SWE

 

Powerlifting

Rhaea Stinn

CAN

 

Racquetball

Paola Longoria

MEX

 

Roller Sports

Katerina Mrazova

CZE

 

Sport Climbing

Janja Garnbret

SLO

 

Tug of war

Team Netherlands

NED

 

Waterski & Wakeboard

Nic Rapa

AUS

 

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