The International Federation for Intellectual Disability Sport (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) is pleased to announce that its Vice President Ms. Robyn Smith has been nominated to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board. The nomination was confirmed by the IPC on Monday (19 June) with Ms. Smith amongst 22 candidates for 10 Member-at-Large positions.
The first woman to hold the Governing Board position of World Intellectual Impairment Sport as Vice President, Ms. Smith has more than 25 years of national and international experience working in senior leadership roles in Paralympic sport management, coaching and administration. This includes the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games where she was Australia’s Assistant Chef de Mission and more recently as the country’s Chef de Mission at the 2015 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games.
Ms. Smith has a wealth of experience successfully engaging with all levels of government, corporations, sports and the community to lobby for the development and enhancement of inclusive sporting opportunities for athletes with an impairment.
“It is a true honour to be nominated by the World Intellectual Impairment Sport Governing Board and have the opportunity to contribute to the Paralympic Movement in a positive way for all athletes globally,” Ms. Smith said.
“We are very pleased to be able to nominate someone of Robyn’s ability,” Marc Truffaut, President of World Intellectual Impairment Sport, said. “She has been a driving force within our organisation and if elected will also be a positive contributor within the Paralympic Movement.”
If elected Ms. Smith will be the first nominee from World Intellectual Impairment Sport on the IPC Governing Board since Australia’s Marie Little OAM in 1993.
Elections will take place at the IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 8 September 2017.