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Vote for Regina Jaquess For 2023 Panam Sports Awards

by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports

Olympic and World Champions, Rising Stars and the most inspirational performances from the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games will be honored at the second Panam Sports Awards that will be held on Dec. 9. The event that recognizes the best athletes of the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games will be broadcast live and direct from Miami on Saturday, Dec. 9 starting at 5:15 p.m. (EST). Panam Sports Channel will live stream the Awards to the entire world.

More than 50 athletes, coaches and National Olympic Committees from Santiago 2023 have been nominated across 13 categories. Now it’s up to the public to vote for their favorites to help determine who will be awarded at the ceremony in Miami, United States.

Panam Sports is excited to announce the Nominees and open the voting process for the second edition of the Panam Sports Awards.

Among the nominees is U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), who won gold medals in women's slalom, jumping and overall at the 2023 Pan American Games. Jaquess, 39, has now won 19 medals, including 12 gold, in Pan American Games competition, the most among U.S. water ski athletes since the sport became part of the Pan American Games’ program in 1995.

The Santiago 2023 Pan American Games were filled with excitement and unforgettable performances by the best athletes of the Americas. Now it is time to recognize their incredible achievements at the continent’s most important multisport event.

Sports fans across the globe can now vote to help select the Awards winners across 13 different categories that include more than 50 of the best athletes and countries from the 19th edition of the Pan American Games.

Panam Sports is launching an easily accessible portal through its website where sport fans, National Olympic Committees, media and even the athletes themselves can vote for who they think made the biggest impact at Santiago 2023. Click here to submit your votes now!

The 2023 Panam Sports Awards will also be broadcast live in Chile on Chilevision and for free around the world on the Panam Sports Channel. The ceremony will begin with the invited athletes walking the red carpet where live interviews will take place before the Awards show begins.

Click here to download the free Panam Sports Channel mobile application and join Americas’ Olympic Movement.

The Nominees for the 2023 Panam Sports Awards are:

Best Male Athlete

Jacob Foster (USA), Santiago Ford (CHI), Ethan Katzberg (CAN), Guilherme Costa (BRA), Nicholas Paul (TTO), Osmar Olvera (MEX)

Best Female Athlete

Joselyn Brea (VEN), Maggie Mac Neil (CAN), Regina Jaquess (USA), Rebeca Andrade (BRA), Sunny Choi (USA), Marileidy Paulino (DOM

Best Men’s Team

Volleyball (BRA), Baseball (COL), Hockey (ARG), Basketball 3x3 (USA)

Best Women’s Team

Basketball 3x3 (USA), Handball (BRA), Football (MEX), Hockey (ARG)

Cali 2021 Legacy - Male

Miguel Hidalgo (BRA), Juan Mantilla (COL), Angelo Caro (PER), Lucas Nervi (CHI), Brian Yang (CAN)

Cali 2021 Legacy - Female

Gabriela Rueda (COL), Martina Weil (CHI), Catherine Oliver (MEX), Mary Tucker (USA), Maria Alexandre (BRA)


Rebeca Andrade (BRA), Kristel Kobrich (CHI), Marileidy Paulino (DOM), Skylar Park (CAN)

Fair Play

Erika Lasso (COL), Richard Carapaz (ECU), Adriana Diaz (PUR)

Best Coach

Adriana Loftus (MEX), Luis Moscoso (BOL), Bienvenido Front (CHI), Martin Knight (COL)

Panam Sports Legend

Javier Sotomayor (CUB), Mark Spitz (USA), Thiago Pereira (BRA), Felix Sanchez (DOM)

Best NOC Performance

United States, Brazil, Mexico

Most Improved NOC

Haiti, Bolivia, Chile, Panama, Uruguay

Best NOC Performance (Population < 1 Million)

Guyana, Suriname, Aruba

Visit now to vote for your favorite athletes and make your voice heard! Voting is now officially open and will close on December 5.

The winners will be announced during the live ceremony and celebration of the Panam Sports Awards on December 9 in Miami, Fla.

In addition to the red carpet, the awards show will feature live entertainment with surprise guest stars that will be announced in the lead up to the show. All invited guests will also be treated to a cocktail reception following the conclusion of the ceremony.

We watched as Americas’ greatest athletes made history at Santiago 2023. Now it’s time to celebrate with them and recognize their achievements.

Vote now for the 2023 Panam Sports Awards!


The Pan American Sports Organization (Panam Sports) is the leader of sport and the Olympic Movement in the Americas. We propel the development of sport and support our 41 member National Olympic Committees to inspire more participation in international competitions as well as participation of the youth to prepare the generation to come in our region.

Panam Sports works closely with athletes, National Olympic Committees (NOC), Organizing Committees of all regional games, Pan American Sport Confederations, International Federations (IF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to secure the success and celebration of our main event, the Pan American Games.

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