IPC Athletes' Council Prepares for Election

Over the last weekend, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes’ Council (AC) met in Amman, Jordan, to discuss athlete-related topics on the agenda. While defining its strengths and opportunities during a strategic review session, the AC also discussed problems over the years and the threats that could be dealt with in the future. 27 Apr 2008 By IPC

In addition, the IPC Athletes’ Council Election Task Force (ETF) met during the two days in preparation for the elections during the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games later this year. The ETF worked through an operational plan which would setup the deciding event.

The IPC ETF oversees the IPC Athletes’ Council Elections process during the Paralympic Games. National Paralympic Committees wishing to turn in their nominations for respective representatives have until 1 June to send in the nomination papers to IPC. Athletes who are interested in becoming a candidate must first be nominated by their respective National Paralympic Committee (NPC). A list of candidates will be published afterwards.

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 organization. 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.

Members present in Amman include Lilo Ljubisic (CAN), Katarzyna Rogowiec (POL), Rutger Sturkenboom (NED), Hans Burn (SUI), Eskil Hagen (NOR), Bob Balk (USA), Martin Nemec (CZE) and Maha Bargouthi (JOR).

For more information on the IPC Athletes Council, please visit the official IPC website -> Athletes' Council section.