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    Athletes' Council

    What we are

    The IPC Athletes’ Council is the collective voice of Paralympic athletes within the IPC and the greater Paralympic Movement. As the liaison between IPC decision-makers and Paralympic athletes, the IPC Athletes' Council works to provide effective input into decision-making at all levels of the organisation. To this end, the IPC Athletes' Council works to ensure effective athlete representation on all IPC committees and commissions as well as to create other opportunities for athlete representation both within and outside the IPC. For example, the IPC Athletes' Council enjoys cross representation with the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

    What we do

    The IPC Athletes' Council 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, recognizing 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.

    Interested in becoming a member of the IPC Athletes' Council?

    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, or 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).

    PyeongChang 2018 IPC Athletes' Council Elections

    Seven candidates have been accepted to stand for election for the three winter sports representatives on the IPC Athletes' Council:

    Zsolt Balogh (Hungary) - Para alpine skiing

    Marie Bochet (France) - Para alpine skiing

    Rudolf Klemetti (Finland) - Para Nordic skiing

    Claudia Loesch (Austria) - Para alpine skiing

    Yuanyuan Peng (China) - Para Nordic skiing

    Birgit Skarstein (Norway) - Para Nordic skiing

    Witold Skupien (Poland) - Para Nordic skiing

    The elections will take place at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, from 6-16 March in the #ProudParalympian space of the Athletes' Dining Hall in the Paralympic Village.

    All 'AA' accredited athletes are entitled to vote.

    For more information, please see the attached document: The candidates: 2018 IPC Athletics' Council elections.

    Contact us

    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 athletescouncil@paralympic.org

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

    IPC Athletes' Council
    Role Name Sport Country Languages E-mail
    Chairperson Chelsey Gotell Para swimming Canada English chelsey.gotell@paralympic.org
    Vice Chairperson Elvira Stinissen Sitting volleyball Netherlands Dutch, English, German Elvira_stinissen@hotmail.com
    Member at Large Monica Bascio Para cycling USA English .
    Member at Large Kurt Fearnley Para athletics Australia English .
    Member at Large Gizem Girismen Para archery Turkey Turkish & English gizemgirismen@yahoo.com
    Member at Large Eskil Hagen Para ice hockey Norway Norwegian & English eskhagen@online.no
    Member at Large Katja Saarinen Para alpine skiing Finland Finnish, English katja.saarinen@paralympia.fi
    Member at Large Dame Sarah Storey Para cycling Great Britain English .
    Member at large Mikhail Terentiev Para cross-country skiing Russian Federation Russian, English terentievmb@gmail.com
    Member at Large Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha Boccia Singapore . .
    Member at Large Hong Suk man Athletics Korea . .
    IOC Athletes' Commission Representative Hayley Wickenheiser Ice Hockey Canada English .

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