Dr Bob Price to step down as Inas President

26th April 2013
Dr Bob Price OBE, will this weekend step down as Inas President following completion of two terms of office in which he has overseen the successful re-inclusion of athletes with an intellectual disability into the Paralympic Games.
Price, who has previously held roles including Chairman of the Great Britain National Paralympic Committee, President of the European Paralympic Committee, Chef De Mission of the GB team to 5 Paralympic Games, and is a member of the Paralympic Order, was elected President of Inas in 2007.
His appointment followed seven years of exclusion of athletes with an intellectual disability from Paralympic sport and he immediately set about the task of building a collaboration between Inas – the International Federation for sport for athletes with an intellectual disability – and the International Paralympic Committee.
A joint Inas/IPC working group was soon established which, supported by a team of researchers from universities in Europe and North America, developed a system of classification which brought about a decision in 2009 to re-instate competition for athletes with an intellectual disability in time for the 2012 Paralympic Games. 120 athletes went on to compete in London athletics, swimming and table tennis.
Colleagues within Inas have congratulated Dr Price on his retirement. “Bob’s achievements in disability sport were already significant, but the success he has achieved during his time as Inas President leaves a lasting legacy for all athletes with an intellectual disability across the World”.
Xavier Gonzalez, Chief Executive of the International Paralympic Committee thanked Dr Price for his contribution to the Paralympic movement. “Your leadership has contributed so much, in particular our work on the inclusion of athletes with an intellectual disability in the Games where your vision was key to the success”.
Inas rules allow individuals to hold office for no more than two terms and an election will be held on Sunday (29th April) at the Inas General Assembly in Rio De Janeiro to identify Dr Price’s successor.


Inas delivers Central Americas workshop

23rd April 2013

Over the last two days, Inas has been meeting with NPC’s from across the Central Americas area to foster relationships and improve understanding of the athlete eligibility process.

Representatives from a number of NPC’s including hosts Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama and Nicaragua participated in the workshop and it is hoped to see greater opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities developing across the region in the future.


Inas confirm appointments to sport roles

19th April 2013
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.


2013 World Half Marathon Championships

18th April 2013

Inas has confirmed that the 2013 Inas World Half Marathon Championships will take place in Ostrzeszow, Poland in April.

The first entry deadline is 31st January 2013 and the final entry deadline is 28th February 2013.

Athletes must appear on the Inas Master List no later than the final entry deadline.