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Oceania’s Duane Kale elected Vice President of the International Paralympic Committee

The Oceania Paralympic Committee is proud to announce the election of  New Zealand’s Duane Kale as Vice President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board. Duane was elected on Friday (8 September) at the 18th IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi, UAE 

Kale, four-time Paralympic gold medallist and Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) Board member won a close race, polling two more votes than rival candidate John Petersson from Denmark in the race for the VP position on the new Governing Board.

As the Vice President of the IPC, Kale and new President Andrew Parsons from Brazil  and 10 Members at Large on the new Governing Board will lead the Paralympic movement for the next four-year term, through to 2021.   The IPC currently has a membership of  178 National Paralympic Committees. 

The growth of the Movement in recent years has been staggering, internationally the summer Paralympic Games is now the third largest sporting event in the world, only behind the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup. The Rio 2016 Paralympics had 4,328 Paralympians competing from over 160 countries, attracted 2.15 million spectators and online reached one billion people through the IPC digital media activities. 

Kale said, “I am incredibly proud and honoured to have been elected by the members to be the Vice President, although it still seems quite surreal at the moment. Being from a region [Oceania] that holds few votes relative to all the other regions makes the achievement more significant as we have had to draw the support of members from all around the world." 

He continued, “There will be very high expectations on Andrew and I to continue the legacy created by Sir Philip. We have been given a great platform by those that came before us and it is our job to now ensure that the impact of Para sport and the social change it creates continues to reach into the developing nations. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be a significant event and catalyst for reaching deeper into the Asian region. To sum up my hopes for the future – I hope that I will leave the IPC in a better place than which I received it. And this is a considerable goal considering what Sir Philip Craven has achieved during his term as President.”

 

 

 

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