World Para Alpine Skiing and World Para Snowboard have announced the nominees who will run for election as athlete representatives on the Sport Technical Committee (STC) for the next two years.
Elections will be held at the upcoming World Championships for both sports, and all competing athletes are eligible to vote.
In Tarvisio, Italy, on 27 January alpine skiers can vote for their favourite candidate at an athletes’ meeting. Snowboarders can take part in elections on 5 February in Big White, Canada.
Kelly Gallagher, Great Britain
Mitchell Gourley, Australia
Adam Hall, New Zealand
Claudia Loesch, Austria
Joany Badenhorst, Australia
Both Gourley and Mentel-Spee are running for re-election having been voted in as the first athlete representative on the World Para Alpine Skiing and Snowboard STC in 2015.
The chosen candidates will serve a two-year term, acting as liaison between the athletes and the decision makers in the sports, as well as a direct link to the IPC Athletes’ Council.
The candidates were nominated by their National Paralympic Committees because they have strong qualities of leadership, accomplishment, knowledge and respect, both on and off the field of play.
World Para Nordic Skiing will also hold athlete representative elections at the World Championships in Finsterau, Germany, on 13 February. The nomination process closes on 12 January.
The 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships get underway in Tarvisio, Italy, on 22 January, featuring 140 skiers from 30 countries in the last major competition ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
Big White will host the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships from 1-8 February, where 80 athletes from 25 countries will compete for qualification slots for PyeongChang 2018.