Erin Popovich named IPC Classification Committee’s athlete representative

The former multi-world and Paralympic champion will serve on the Committee until November 2017. 18 Feb 2016
Erin Popovich

Erin Popovich of the USA celebrates winning the Gold in the Womens 100m Breaststroke SB7 at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board has approved the nomination of Erin Popovich to serve as the athlete representative on the IPC Classification Committee.

The former USA swimmer collected 14 Paralympic gold medals over three Games (Beijing 2008, Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000) and 11 world titles. She announced her retirement from the sport after winning five silver medals from the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Popovich joined the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) shortly after as the classification and emerging sports programme administrator.

The IPC Classification Committee was established in 2004 to provide advice and consultation on issues related to the classification of athletes in the Paralympic Movement.

The Committee is comprised of six members, including the Chairperson and five members at large. Its function is to create strategic recommendations (global, long-term) related to the on-going evaluation and further development of classification systems of all sports in the Paralympic Movement.

More information on the IPC Classification Committee can be found on the IPC’s website.