National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) are being urged to present their candidates for election to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athlete Council, with only one month to go until the deadline for nominations.
The Athletes’ Council acts as the liaison between athletes and decision-makers, and influences how Paralympic sport and the Movement grow and develop. Three winter representatives will be elected and introduced to their peers during the Closing Ceremony of the Games.
Athletes are urged to contact their respective National Paralympic Committees (NPC) if they are interested in joining the Council. The NPCs will then select one athlete to put forward as a nomination.
Nominations can be made online by NPCs until 7 December 2017. Elections will be held at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, where all participating athletes in the Games will be eligible to vote.
“As the Paralympic Movement continues to grow, we need to ensure that the athlete voice is front and centre when to comes to the discussions and decisions that are made at the administrative level of sport,” IPC Athletes’ Council Chairperson Chelsey Gotell said.
“As athletes, we are at the ground level when it comes to the dialogue regarding the issues, concerns and creative solutions within our sports federations, NPCs and among our fellow athletes. We bring a unique perspective to the table that we must ensure this continues to be a strong asset and the driving force in the decisions that are made.”
Candidates are only eligible if they are competing at PyeongChang 2018 or if they have competed in either of the two previous Winter Games in Sochi and Vancouver.
If an NPC already has a summer representative on the Council, they cannot nominate another candidate
Further information can be found here on the PyeongChang 2018 website.