Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has named U.S. Paralympian April Holmes to the top ten list of women to honor in Paralympic sports. According to the IPC press release, “In addition to being a Paralympic gold medalist and world champion, American amputee sprinter Holmes has inspired the world by sharing her story. Three years after losing her lower left leg in a train accident, she found herself competing at her first Paralympic Games…. [S]he [also] runs the April Holmes Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists people with physical and learning disabilities with scholarships and medical equipment.”
Including Included in that list, in no particular order, are Paralympians Sara Storey of England, Yu Chui Yee of Hong Kong, Esther Vergeer from Netherlands, Natalia Partyka of Poland, Verena Bentele of Germany, Natalie du Toit of South Africa, Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil, Teresa Perales of Spain, and Chantal Petitclerc of Canada.