Virtus is the brand name of the International Sports Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment and is a founding member of the International Paralympic Committee. Registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in the UK (1173901)
Marc Truffaut – Virtus President
Virtus President Marc Truffaut
Marc Truffaut (FRA)
Marc was elected as Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport President in April 2017 having previously served as Technical Officer since 2011.
He is also President of the French Federation of Adapted Sport (FFSA), which supports more than 61,000 athletes with an intellectual impairment.
“I am committed to defending and representing the rights and interests of all Virtus athletes and National Member Organisations through a strong relationship with the International Paralympic Committee, International Federations and, partners”.
Robyn Smith – Virtus Vice President
Vice President, Robyn Smith
Robyn Smith (AUS)
Robyn Smith brings a wealth of experience as a coach and administrator both within and outside sport for people with intellectual impairments.
Robyn joined the (formerly INAS) Board in 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was the first female elected as Vice President. She was re-elected in 2017 in Brisbane for a further term of four years. During this time, Robyn has been the driving force behind a more global organisation representing all regions and ensuring Virtus Sport is relevant to new participants.
Prior to this, she served as Oceania representative 2011-2013.
“I am passionate about making Virtus a professional, relevant and dynamic International Federation capable of representing the sporting needs of athletes with an intellectual impairment globally.”
Robyn is the Chief Executive Officer of Sport Inclusion Australia, a position she has held since 1991. Formerly known as AUSRAPID, Sport Inclusion Australia and its member organisations work closely with National and State sporting organisations to ensure that all Australians have access to sport.
Barry Holman – Secretary General
Secretary General, Barry Holman
Barry Holman (USA))
Barry has been the organisation’s Secretary General since 2013. He was the co-founder of Athletes Without Limits – the US member organisation of Virtus – supporting more than 500 athletes across the USA.
“I want Virtus to be the premier worldwide organisation for sport for people with an intellectual impairment, promoting world-class sporting events”
Virtus Board Members at Large
Amal Mobadda (EGY)
Patrick Chan (HKG)
Co-opted – Prof. Jan Burns MBE (GBR)
Fausto Pereira (POR)
Humberto Ferreira (BRA)
Co-opted – Ian Conyers (USA)
Hiro Taniguchi (JPN)
The Eligibility Committee determines all aspects of policy and procedure regarding eligibility for athletes with an intellectual disability and provides expert guidance on all matters relating to eligibility.
Chair of Eligibility Committee – Prof. Jan Burns MBE (Governing Board)
Catherine Fayollet (FRA)
Oili Sauna Aho (FIN)
Michelle Gilpin (CAN)
Anti Doping And TUE Committee
The Anti-Doping and Medical Committee determines all aspects of policy regarding doping control, provides support and guidance to event organisers, and oversees TUE and other administrative procedures.
Chair Anti-Doping Committee – Trudi Jackson (USA)
Dr Bahman Zand (IRI) – Chair of TUE Committee
Dr Matsontso Mathebula (RSA) – TUE Committee
Juliana Soares (BRA)
Moni Wekesa (KEN)
Justin Lessard (CAN)
Andrea Jacusiel (BRA)
Robyn Smith (Governing Board)
The Elections Committee oversees the nomination and election procedures for the Governing Board.
- Tracey McCillen (GBR)
- Yossi Romano (ISR)
- NG Ching Man Aimee (HKG)
The Finance Committee receive financial reports and advise on all financial matters.
Chair of Finance Commitee – Karon Nicol (GBR)
Rob Peak (AUS)
Paul Charnvit (Governing Board)
Chair of Medical Committee – Catherine Fayollet (FRA)
Ralph Belig (FRA)
Piera Marchettoni (ITA)
Asha Antony (KEN)
Guy Ellis (GBR)