Inas has today confirmed the appointment of a number of its key sports personnel as it continues to build on the momentum of the recent London Paralympic Games.
The Sport Director roles – all voluntary – are responsible for managing and growing the Inas sport programme over the next four years. The appointments are seen as crucial as Inas seeks to build on the successful re-inclusion of athletes with an intellectual disability in Paralympic sport, and coincides with the publication of the organisations new 4 year strategy.
Nick Parr, Executive Director, explained “Inas has set itself some ambitious targets for the next four years. We particularly want to reach areas of the World where pathways for athletes with an intellectual disability are less well developed and strengthen our sports programme – particularly the Inas Global Games. These appointments are a critical first step and I believe we have some fantastic individuals to lead our sports as we turn our attention to Rio De Janeiro in 2016”
Adam Pine, a former Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer and currently Paralympic High Performance Manager with Swimming Australia has been appointed Sport Director for Swimming, whilst Lorraine Landon – former General Manager, National Teams with Basketball Australia, Chair of the FIBA Women’s Commission and a 2011 inductee of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame – takes the Basketball role.
John Ball, a former Football Development Officer in England has been appointed to a joint role of Sport Director Football/Futsal, whilst Karen Ross – Performance Manager for Tennis Scotland – takes over in Tennis.
And finally, Winston Stubbs (South Africa) will continue in the role of Sport Director for Cricket – a developing sport in the Inas programme – and a role that he has held since 2011.
Each has been tasked with developing a plan for their sport, to grow participation worldwide.
Further appointments in additional sports are due in the coming weeks.