The Dutch rower completed an unbeaten season which included winning two boat classes at the World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. De Koning triumphed in the PR2 men’s single sculls, and then teamed up with Annika van der Meer to win the PR2 mixed double sculls. His success made him the first Para rower to claim victories in two boat classes at a Worlds.
De Koning received 46 per cent of the public votes. British triathlete Lauren Steadman was second with 31 per cent. Danish Para dressage rider Stinna Tange Kaastrup was third (21 per cent). Chinese powerlifter Guo Lingling and Swiss wheelchair racer Manuela Schaer 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
Notes to the Editor:
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