Marie Bochet, Rudolf Klemetti and Birgit Skarstein have been chosen as the three winter representatives on the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes’ Council following elections held at the Proud Paralympian space of the Athletes’ Dining Hall at the Paralympic Village in PyeongChang, South Korea, during the Winter Games.
Elections took place from 5-16 March with 459 athletes placing their votes – a turnout of 80.9 per cent. The elected athletes will now serve a four-year term.
IPC Athletes´ Council Chairperson Chelsey Gotell said: “I want to congratulate Marie, Rudolf and Birgit on their election as winter representatives for the IPC Athletes Council.
“I am sure they will hugely contribute to the development of the Paralympic Movement while representing the interests of all Para athletes in the world across all sports, categories, nations and genres. I also want to thank the IPC for giving us as Para athletes a platform to make our voices heard.”
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 organisation.
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.
The IPC Electoral Commission was composed of IPC Legal and Ethics Committee Chairperson Linda Mastandrea and IPC Legal and Ethics Committee Member Mark Copeland.