The International Paralympic
Committee (IPC) has published its new Strategic Plan which aims to advance the
Paralympic Movement through greater membership engagement, transformative
Paralympic Games, showcasing the impact of Para sport, and by pursuing
The Strategic Plan 2023-2026 can be downloaded here in English.
The new Strategic Plan developed by
the IPC membership and Governing Board focuses on four primary goals:
- Serve our members and athletes to
advance the Paralympic Movement
- Showcase athlete excellence through
the delivery of transformative Paralympic Games
- Drive impact through Para sport
- Continue to build a professional
organisation that rigorously pursues excellence in service of the Paralympic Movement
As a membership-based organisation,
the IPC’s 200 plus members were fundamental in the development and finalisation
of the plan. Over the last 10 months, the IPC conducted surveys, held focus
groups and initiated several touchpoints to capture and understand fully the
key focus areas for members. Discussions were also held with the IPC Athletes’
Council and other key stakeholders.
Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said:
“Due to the evolution of IPC members and the Paralympic Games, the Paralympic
Movement has now reached a level of maturity whereby with this new Strategic
Plan we are able to expand our priority areas to sustain growth.
“To propel the Paralympic Movement to
its next level of development, we need to continue to serve our members and
athletes, and deliver transformative Paralympic Games, but we also need to
ensure that we fully leverage the impact of Para sport to make for an inclusive
world for the planet’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities.
“Change Starts with Sport, and by
better demonstrating the societal benefit of Para sport, we will be able to do
much more to leverage the IPC’s influence in advancing disability inclusion and
growing financial resources to further advance our members and the IPC.
“By engaging and listening to members
and athletes throughout 2022, I believe we now have a Strategic Plan that
identifies four strategic goals that will advance the Paralympic Movement
during the next four years.”
Dr. Mike Peters, the IPC’s Chief
Executive Officer and two-time Paralympian, said: “We are grateful to all IPC
members, athletes and stakeholders who provided their input into the creation
of this new plan. Together with the IPC Governing Board and Management Team, I
am extremely excited about what lies ahead over the next four years.
“The IPC Management Team, based in
Bonn, Germany, is responsible for delivering the IPC’s new Strategic Plan. As
we prepare to move to new headquarters in 2023, we remain steadfast in our
commitment for the IPC to be a world-leading sports organisation in all areas.
To achieve this, we are building a professional organisation that continuously
evaluates and improves what we do and how we do it.”
Jitske Visser, Chairperson of the IPC
Athletes’ Council and four-time Paralympian, said: “The new IPC Strategic Plan
places greater focus on the needs of the athlete community than ever before
which is fantastic news. This is a result of regular consultation and dialogue
with the IPC Athletes’ Council.
“Without doubt strong progress was
made over the last four-year cycle to further the interests and voice of the
athlete community within the IPC and the Paralympic Movement. Nine of the 14
IPC Governing Board Members are current or former Para athletes, while the
number of former Para athletes within the management team and across committees
continues to grow.”