Former BPA Chairman Tim Reddish elected to International Paralympic Committee governing board
Former British Paralympic Association (BPA) Chair Tim Reddish CBE will continue his service to the Paralympic movement after being elected to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) governing board at the IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi.
As a Paralympic swimmer, Reddish won five medals across three Games from Barcelona 1992 to Sydney 2000 before being appointed Performance Director of British Disability Swimming in 2003.
He was appointed as Chair of the British Paralympic Association in 2008 and held the role until 2017 when he was succeeded by Dr Nick Webborn OBE.
Reddish said: “I am honoured to have been elected to the IPC Governing Board and believe my wide range of experience as an athlete and leading a National Paralympic Committee will enable me to effectively serve the Paralympic movement that has given me so many opportunities in my life.
“I want to help build on the incredible progress the IPC has made in recent years which has seen the Paralympic Games become one of the world’s biggest sporting events. It is also vital we continue to provide decisive leadership to ensure classification and doping is of the highest standard to demonstrate the integrity of our sports.
“I care deeply about the Paralympic movement and will do all I can to further enhance the reputation and prominence of the Paralympic Games, drawing on the inspirational power of the athletes to help change global attitudes to disability.”
The general assembly also saw the election of a new President with Brazilian Andrew Parsons taking over from Sir Philip Craven who leaves the post after 16 years at the helm.
BPA Chair Nick Webborn said: “The BPA sends its warm congratulations to Andrew Parsons on his election as President of the International Paralympic Committee.
“We are delighted that Andrew will lead the Paralympic movement into the crucial next few years and look forward to working closely with him. Andrew has been involved with the Paralympic movement for a long time and was instrumental to the negotiations which resulted in the Rio Paralympic Games going ahead when they were in jeopardy last year.
“It is crucial that under Andrew’s leadership, working with the new Governing Board that we continue to strengthen the Paralympic movement and work closely with our IOC colleagues.”
New Zealand’s Duane Kale was appointed as Vice President after a close vote with Denmark’s Jon Petersson.