Dr Bob Price (Inas President) has decided to retire from his role as the Chief Executive of Linkage Community Trust in the UK, at the end of April 2012. Dr Price had earlier announced his intention to retire at the end of the year, but has brought forward his retirement due to ill health.
In taking retirement, Bob has expressed a wish to dedicate more time to Inas and to sport for athletes with an intellectual disability.
Bob has been Chief Executive of Linkage for over 15 years, joining the Trust from the Cabinet Office in 1996 and has overseen significant expansion of the work of the Trust.
Apart from his Linkage responsibilities, Bob has been associated with the disability sport movement for almost 40 years. He has led the GB Team to five Summer Paralympic Games, been President of both British and European Paralympic Committees and is currently President of the International Sports Federation for Para-athletes with an Intellectual Disability (INAS).
Dr Price was a prime mover behind the International Paralympic Committee’s decision in 2009 to re-include athletes with intellectual disability in future Paralympic Games, beginning with London 2012. Bob was awarded and OBE in 1993 for services to sport for the disabled.
Michael Oliver, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Linkage, said: “I am very sorry that Bob’s health has caused him to retire earlier than he had planned. I am very grateful for all that he has done for the Trust and hope that he is well enough to attend the London Paralympic Games and to celebrate the inclusion of athletes with intellectual disabilities, for which he has worked so hard. We wish him and his wife Shelagh a very happy retirement.”