It is with great pleasure that I announce that I will be putting myself forward for the position of President of the IWRF. I’ve been involved with wheelchair rugby for over 20 years and I’ve acted in various positions, not least as an IWRF Board Director for the last six years.

I have a good understanding of the international side to the sport through my involvement with the Paralympic Games, International Paralympic Committee and with other International Sports Federations.

With this experience in mind, I feel that I can lead the organisation through its next period of evolution.

We, the sport have been an independent Federation for eight years and have achieved a huge amount. We continue to deliver international competitions throughout the globe, maintain ourselves as WADA compliant, meet the demands of an IPC compliant classification system, grow and develop the expertise of our technical officials and run development programmes across the world. This is mainly done through a volunteer system. Volunteers are crucial to the running of the sport and will be central to the progress of wheelchair rugby.

This is just part of what happens and I would like to look at how we inform the membership more about the IWRF and it’s business.

I would like to thank GBWR for their support over the last several years in enabling me to attend international events and for nominating me as President.

Between now and the General Assembly I will be sending out monthly newsletters and in late May I will release my manifesto. This will outline my aspirations for the organisation. I would also like to speak to all of the IWRF member nations and I would welcome you to contact me with your
thoughts about both the national and international development of wheelchair rugby.

Yours in sport,

Richard Allcroft