The awards were voted for by the public and an expert panel. Over 43,000 public votes were cast between 1-31 December 2016.
Nemati made her Olympic debut in Rio weeks before the Paralympics. She won her second individual Paralympic title in the women’s individual recurve open in the Brazilian city. She also took silver in the mixed team recurve open with Ebrahim Ranjbarkivaj. The 31-year-old took up archery after suffering a spinal cord injury in 2003.
Shelby made his Paralympic debut in Rio, where he won the men’s individual compound open event after beating Italy’s Alberto Simonelli in the final.