IPC Announces 13 Final Candidates for Athletes’ Council


The IPC Athletes' Council elections will take place from 27 - 7 September during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at voting centre across the Patalympic Villages

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Wednesday (27 June) announced the 13 final candidates nominated to fill the six summer representatives on the IPC Athletes’ Council.

The IPC Athletes’ Council elections will take place from 27 August – 7 September during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at voting centres across the Paralympic Villages.

The 13 nominated athletes include:

  • Arnaud Assoumani (France, Athletics)
  • Sadegh Bigdeli (Iran, Sitting Volleyball)
  • John Cavanagh (Great Britain, Archery)
  • Heinz Frei (Switzerland, Para-Cycling)
  • Gizem Girismen (Turkey, Archery)
  • Jiri Jezek (Czech Republic, Para-Cycling)
  • Lu Xiaolai (China, Para-Table Tennis)
  • Jon McCullough (USA, Football 7-a-Side)
  • Teresa Perales (Spain, Swimming)
  • Timothy Prendergast (New Zealand, Athletics)
  • Elvira Stinissen (Netherlands, Sitting Volleyball)
  • Alexandros Helmut Taxildaris (Greece, Swimming)
  • Yu Chui Yee (Hong Kong, Wheelchair Fencing)

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, it works to provide effective input into decision-making at all levels of the organization and 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.
To be eligible for election to the Athletes’ Council an individual must be an active Paralympic athlete, which means he or she must be an athlete that is competing in the current edition of the Paralympic Games or Paralympic Winter Games at which the election is taking place, or has competed in either of the previous two editions of the Paralympic Games.