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13 May 2011

IWRF appoints Technical Delegate for London 2012 Paralympic Games

Richmond, Canada – The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) has appointed Richard Allcroft of Great Britain as the Technical Delegate for the sport of wheelchair rugby at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. As Technical Delegate, Richard will be the primary liaison between IWRF and the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), and will be responsible to ensure the wheelchair rugby competitions takes place in accordance with all the rules and regulations of IWRF.


Richard brings years of experience in the sport of wheelchair rugby to this position, including 14 years as a member of the Sheffield and Nottingham wheelchair rugby clubs and three years as a member of Team GB. He was a member of the Executive Committee and Senior Management Team for Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby for over ten years, and had a key role in Great Britain’s bid to host the 2010 Wheelchair Rugby World Championship. He has previously served as IWRF Technical Delegate for the 2009 European Zone Championship.


Richard is taking over the position of Technical Delegate from Eron Main of Canada, who has been appointed as Secretary General of IWRF. They recently completed a joint site visit to London to meet with LOCOG representatives and review the state of preparations for the competition in 2012. “I am very content to hand over my responsibilities to Richard,” said Main. “He brings years of experience as both an athlete and a leader in sport which will serve him well in this new position.”


“It’s a great privilege to have been appointed by the International Federation. I’m very excited and looking forward to ensuring the sport has the best possible stage for the athletes and spectators. Wheelchair Rugby is a dynamic sport and we expect it to be well received by the British and international audience.”


The London 2012 Paralympic Games will take place from August 29 to September 9, 2012. The wheelchair rugby competition, with eight countries participating, will be held at the Basketball Arena from September 5 to 9, 2012.