The Council of Athletes of the International Paralympic Committee (IOC) has published its first strategy aimed at securing athletes at the heart of the Paralympic movement.
After two years of consultation with athletes and stakeholders in the Paralympic movement, the Athletes Council’s first strategy aims to act as a guide for both athletes and IPC members on how the IPC Athletes Council can create athletes ’leaders and ensure that the athlete remains at the center of the Paralympic movement.
As IPC President Andrew Parsons emphasizes, “this is a plan created by athletes for the entire Paralympic movement, and I sincerely hope that all athletes and IPC members will use it as a guide for further progress.”
The Chairman of the Athletics Council Chelsea Hotel describes the strategy as “strengthening a culture in the Paralympic movement that lives by the values of athletic focus. This goes far beyond the words on paper and the use of the term “athlete-focused” as a hectic world that sometimes rushes around but is not well understood or favored by athletes and organizations ”.
The Center identifies four key strategic priorities:
Building Athlete Leaders
Career support for athletes
Managing the progress of the Paralympic movement
Improving the unique sports environment of Paralympic athletes