Penny Briscoe OBE has been announced as the Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB for the next Paralympic Winter Games, to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea, in 2018.
This will be the third consecutive time she leads the British Paralympic team. Under her leadership, ParalympicsGB had its most successful Paralympic Games performance ever at Rio 2016.
The ParalympicsGB Senior Leadership Team for PyeongChang was also confirmed, with British Paralympic Association (BPA) Chief Executive Tim Hollingsworth taking the position of Secretary General once again.
The division of responsibilities is one that has been utilised successfully at previous Games and splits the leadership into those with responsibility for the sport and those with responsibility for the BPA’s wider engagement and business.
“Choosing the Chef de Mission for Pyeongchang was a simple and pleasurable task and in Penny we have a world-leading Chef in charge. I am delighted she has accepted the role,” said Hollingsworth.
“We have developed a successful leadership model over the previous three Paralympic Games and will continue to do so for PyeongChang.
“By splitting the leadership under the overall direction of the President into the team side, led by the Chef de Mission, and the organisation side, which I will be responsible for, we know we can get the balance right.”
With regard to her appointment, Briscoe said: “It is a huge honour to be appointed as Chef de Mission for PyeongChang and I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead our winter team once again.
“It is a very exciting time for winter Para sport and I am looking forward to supporting athletes and staff from both snow and ice sports consolidate the fantastic performances delivered back in Sochi.
“We have an ambition to be best prepared for every winter and summer Games and I will be working hard alongside colleagues to ensure this happens.”
For more information, visit ParalympicGB’s website.