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Our mission is to be the voice of all current, future and retired international athletes within the Paralympic Movement, in the strategic direction of the IPC and to support our athletes both on and off the field of play. 

To achieve this mission, the IPC Athletes’ Council has a leading role to ensure all athlete representatives have the support and resources required to be effective athlete leaders within their country and sport.

Our strategy will serve as a guideline to all Paralympic Movement stakeholders in creating an effective athlete voice that represents the needs of Para athletes. 

The IPC Athletes' Council also oversees the Athletes’ Council election process during the Paralympic Games. The Athletes' Council seeks to ensure that elections are organised in a democratic and fair manner. 

Furthermore, recognising that the election process is the primary means by which athletes express their voice, the Athletes' Council focuses on education and awareness initiatives aimed at maximum participation.

The IPC Athletes' Council at the IPC Headquarters in Bonn


    The IPC Athletes' Council wants to hear from you! We encourage athletes to share their views, express concerns, put forth ideas and get involved! Please e-mail us either personally at the e-mail addresses below or collectively at

    The IPC Athletes' Council can also be found on Facebook.

    Chairperson Chelsey Gotell Para swimming Canada English
    Vice Chairperson Kurt Fearnley Para athletics Australia English
    Member at Large Monica Bascio Para cycling USA English
    Member at Large Gizem Girismen Para archery Turkey Turkish & English
    Member at Large Dame Sarah Storey Para cycling Great Britain English
    Member at Large Marie Bochet Para alpine skiing France French
    Member at Large Birgit Skarstein Para Nordic skiing Norway Norwegian
    Member at Large Rudolf Klemetti Para Nordic skiing Finland Finnish
    Co-opted member Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha Boccia Singapore .
    Co-opted member Suk Man Hong Athletics Korea .
    Co-opted member Natalie Du Toit Swimming South Africa .
    IOC Athletes' Commission Representative Danka Barteková Shooting Slovakia . .



    The first requirement of a candidate for the IPC Athletes' Council is a keen interest in the Paralympic Movement.

    The second requirement is a strong commitment to working for and representing all IPC athletes.

    The third and most important requirement is having the time and passion to make a difference for Paralympic athletes of today and tomorrow.

    To be eligible for election to the Athletes' Council an individual must be an active Paralympic athlete. 

    An active Paralympic athlete is defined as: 

    • an athlete that is competing in the current edition of the Paralympic Games or Paralympic Winter Games at which the election is taking place
    •  an athlete who has competed in either of the previous two editions of the Paralympic Games (if the election concerns summer sport athletes) or Paralympic Winter Games (if the election concerns winter athletes).


    Athletes' Council November 2019 Meeting Executive Summary

    Athletes' Council June 2018 Meeting Executive Summary

    Athletes' Council November 2018 Meeting Executive Summary

    Athletes' Council March 2019 Meeting Executive Summary

    Global Athlete Call outcomes

    Global Athlete Call outcomes - June 2019

    November 2019 Global Network of Paralympic Athletes' Representatives Conference Call - Executive Summary

    Guide to creating and establishing an effective Athletes' Council

    IPC Athletes' Council global consultation exercise regarding athlete protest