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8 September 2017

New IPC President and Governing Board elected

The 2017 IPC General Assembly concluded today in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. with the election of a new IPC President, Vice President, and Governing Board.


IWRF President John Bishop, Chief Executive Officer Eron Main, and Board member Richard Allcroft, attended this year’s General Assembly.


In addition to the Governing Board elections, the General Assembly heard presentations on the state of preparations for upcoming Paralympic Games; the IPCs future plans for the development of the Paralympic Games programme; and heard reports on the activities and finances of IPC over the past two years.


The General Assembly was also a great opportunity for IWRF to make new connections and renew old friendships within the Paralympic movement, taking the opportunity to discuss ways to promote the development of Wheelchair Rugby internationally and into new countries.


Prior to the General Assembly, the new Association of Paralympic Sport Organizations (APSO), a body created to replace the former IPC Sports Council as the voice of the International Federations within the IPC, held its founding meeting. Sabrina Ibanez of FEI was elected as the first President of APSO.


During the IPC elections, Andrew Parsons of Brazil was elected as the new IPC President, taking the reins from Sir Phillip Craven who stepped down after 16 years leading the organization. New Zealand’s Duane Kale was elected as Vice President. They will be joined on the Governing Board by members Debra Alexander (ITU), Mohammed Alhemeli (UAE), Muffy Davis (USA), Rita van Driel (NED), Sung Il Kim (KOR), Luca Pancalli (ITA), Leonel da Rocha Pinto (African Paralympic Committee), Tim Reddish (GBR), Juan Pablo Salazar (COL), and Yasushi Yamawaki (JPN).


IWRF President John Bishop said, “IWRF congratulates all the members of the new IPC Governing Board and we look forward to working with them over the next four years. We are especially happy to see Juan Pablo Salazar, whose Maximus Project has so successfully promoted the growth of Wheelchair Rugby in South America, achieve a position on the Board"


"We would also like to thank Sir Phillip Craven on behalf of the global Wheelchair Rugby family for his sixteen years of leadership in the Paralympic movement.”


About the IWRF

The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) is the governing body responsible for the sport of Wheelchair Rugby. Our mission is to grow and support the global wheelchair rugby family, with a vision to be a world leader in wheelchair sport. For more information please visit our website at www.iwrf.com