International Paralympic Committee Opens Nominations for International Women's Day Recognition

IPC is inviting its members to nominate a person or organization who they believe embodies the Paralympic Spirit. 

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is inviting its members to nominate a person or organisation who they believe embodies the Paralympic Spirit and inspires women in Para sport for its 2017 International Women’s Day Recognition.

The deadline for nominations is 13 February. The winner will be announced on International Women’s Day on 8 March.

The shortlisting and selection process will be led by the IPC’s Women in Sport Committee, chaired by Tine Rindum Teilmann.

"Over the years we have recognised some of the most inspirational people who have been advocates for change for people with impairments in sport and public life," Teilmann said.

"We hope that the award draws attention to their work and inspires others to take their lead, helping them to leave a legacy for future generations of women and girls.

"I strongly encourage everybody within the Paralympic Movement to nominate a person or organisation who represents the Paralympic values and helps ensure that Para sport remains a model for equality."

The 2016 International Women’s Day Recognition was given to Canada’s Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough.

After winning three bronze medals in swimming at the Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games, Qualtrough took on various roles within the Paralympic Movement before being elected as the Member of Parliament for Delta, British Columbia and being named to her role in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet in November 2015.

Other former recipients include Canada’s Chantal Petitclerc in 2015, Russia’s Rima Batalova in 2014 and Spain’s Sylvana Mestre in 2013.

The nomination form is available from

Thousands of events occur every year throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women for International Women’s Day. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

For more information, please contact:

Craig Spence

IPC Director of Media and Communications


Tel: +49-228-2097-230

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