AMERICAS PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENTS
|NAME||YEARS IN OFFICE|
|Jose Luis Campo (ARG)||1997-2005|
|Andrew Parsons (BRA)||2005-2009|
|Octavio Londono (COL)||2009-2013|
|Jose Luis Campo (ARG)||2013-2017|
|Julie Dussliere (USA)||2018-present|
Message from the APC President
"It was an honour to be elected Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) President in 2018; I am extremely proud of representing this flourishing and inspiring Movement across the continent.
"This is a very important role which I took well-aware of the big responsibility it involves.
"I have always been very passionate about sports as a powerful transformational tool for development and the empowerment of those who have been historically and unfoundedly relegated.
"Through sports we can promote more inclusive, equitable and healthy societies across the Americas.
"For the near future, the successful delivery of the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games is our most important goal. With the countdown upon us, we are in close contact with the Organising Committee working hard to deliver the best Games possible.
"There are also many exciting development initiatives currently underway in the region through Agitos Foundation grant projects. These projects are essential in growing the Paralympic Movement across the Americas and increasing opportunities in sport and leadership.
"Travelling outside of our region, I attended the Asian Paralympic Committee General Assembly in Dubai in early 2019. As a collective, the regional presidents feel strongly that in the future the structure of the regions within the Movement should be aligned.
"As great strides are being made in development, we aim to continue strengthening our region and elevating the Paralympic Movement and its values across the Americas."
Julie Dussliere, APC President
Jose Luis Campo Award
The APC annually honours the best athlete for her or his outstanding sporting achievements throughout the previous 12 months.
A number of standout athletes are nominated by their National Paralympic Committees, with the APC voting on the final shortlist. The Athlete of the Year is then decided by public vote on americasparalympic.org over two weeks.
Mexican powerlifter Jose de Jesus Castillo Castillo was the winner of the first two editions in 2017 and 2018, with dozens of thousands of people from all across the Americas participating.
The award was named after the APC Founding President, pioneer and driving force behind the development of the Paralympic Movement in the Americas for 20 years.
A huge champion and advocate of athletes with high support needs, Campo during his first term as APC President oversaw the organisation of the inaugural Parapan American Games in Mexico City in 1999.
Campo served another term until 2005 working hard to establish and develop National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) in the region.
In 2003, the Parapan American Games were staged in his home city Mar del Plata. Campo also paved the way for the Games to be held in Rio in 2007, in the same city as the Pan American Games.
In order to give young athletes more opportunities in the region, he helped create the Youth Parapan American Games. The first edition was held in 2005 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, involving athletes from 10 countries. He was elected President once again in 2013.
Campo was serving his fourth term following re-election in 2017 when he passed away in Mar del Plata after suffering a suspected heart attack while participating in a fundraising walk/run event to raise funds to organisations fighting children’s cancer.
Away from the APC, Campo served on the IPC Executive Committee from 1997 to 2005 and was an IPC Governing Board member between 2009 and 2013. He was part of the Rio 2016 IOC Co-ordination Commission overseeing Latin America’s first Paralympic Games, an event that saw NPCs from the Americas win more medals than ever before.
Campo was a physical education teacher for youngsters with an impairment by profession.
The Argentinian will always be remembered by the Paralympic Movement as a cheerful person, a man passionate about the Movement, an advocate for the rights of people with impairment and a good friend.