UKA Chairman Ed Warner has been appointed to the position of International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Sport Technical Committee (STC) Chairman.
The term of appointment is for four years with an initial commitment through until the end of 2012.
“I’m delighted to take on this role,” he commented. “While it further cements UKA’s positive working relationship with the IPC, it is also recognition of Great Britain’s commitment to the development of Paralympic sport globally.
“I hope that we can build on the great work that has taken place in recent years and continue to evolve Paralympic athletics in this crucial period through to the London 2012 Paralympics and onto Rio. The profile of our sport has never been higher and I’m excited to be involved with the key decision makers going forward.”
Warner’s appointment follows the publication of the IPC’s new four year strategic plan to propel Paralympic Games to the next level while increasing the number of people participating in Paralympic sport at all levels around the world.
Xavier Gonzalez, the IPC's Chief Executive Officer said: "I am delighted that Ed Warner will take on the position as Chairperson of the IPC Athletics Sport Technical Committee. For many years he has worked in a professional capacity with the sport of athletics, both non-disabled and athletes with a disability, and his strategic leadership, sports knowledge and experience will contribute greatly to further establishing a strong foundation for the sport."
ParalympicsGB Chair Tim Reddish said: “Ed’s appointment is great news and it is testament to the high esteem in which Ed and his work at UKA is held internationally.
“I am especially delighted because in Britain we are proud to be a leading nation in Paralympic sport, not just in terms of winning medals but in relation to the development of all of the sports. Ed’s appointment is recognition of this.”