IPC Candidate Haidi Zhang wants new reach and impact for the movement



Zhang is a huge inspiration in China for her work to transform the lives of 85 million people with impairments © Chinese Paralympic Committee

Zhang is a big inspiration in China for her operate to rework the lives of 85 million persons with impairments © Chinese Paralympic Committee

LAURA WALDEN (United states) / Athletics
Features Communications

(SFC) Chinese Presidential
prospect is seeking to carry a new reach and affect to the
Paralympic Committee (IPC) if she is elected on September 8th in Abu
Dhabi at the Normal Assembly.

Zhang is a residence identify and is known as the “Hellen Keller
of China” for her resilience and determination and has invested 30 years major
para sport and delivers an remarkable track record to the race for the IPC
presidency. She is the only female in search of the best spot campaigning against
three adult males:  Patrick Jarvis (CAN), Andrew Parsons (BRA), and John Petersson
(DEN) for the best role.

She has a very long vocation in para
sport major her National Paralympic Committee, chairing the China Foundation
for Disabled Folks and stated, “I have labored to boost the lives of the 85
million Chinese with impairments,” and a lot more than 8.5 million of people persons
now take part in sport.

“Underneath my management, we have
introduced $25 billion of care and guidance programmes, created important
international cooperation jobs and opened rehabilitation establishments in
all Chinese provinces and municipalities.

“We will shortly get started operate
to acquire a China Rehabilitation University.”

“As a Chinese female dwelling
with an impairment, I share the hope, worry and soreness of my fellow adult males and girls
dwelling in this situation.

“And as the leader of China’s
countrywide Paralympic Movement, I have aided rework the lifetime probabilities of my country-persons.

“And nowadays, China’s
Paralympic staff sales opportunities the environment.”

A 10-metre wheelchair air
pistol shooter, Zhang also has a situation as the Executive President of the
Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter season Games Organizing Committee, and was
included in the 2008 Beijing Games. 

She led China’s delegations to three prior Paralympic
Games London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016, and lauds outgoing IPC President Sir
Philip Craven for the legacy he is leaving the organization as this is a basis
to improve the Movement to reach new goals and for larger achievement.

“We have laid strong
foundations,” she observed.

“But the problem has just
begun. It will not be entire right until all people dwelling with impairment delight in
access to much better lives by sport. I am uniquely equipped to lead this

“My candidature is about
constructing on people foundations by tackling the following massive problem -extending the
reach of the Movement. My assure now, as prospect to lead the IPC, is to get
the lifetime-altering alternatives of para-sport to every single corner of every single

“I have integrity and
power. I consider that the IPC president need to be of these types of top quality, and
need to reveal fantastic management and verified potential to take care of
money and human means.”

A person of her priorities is to
constantly strive to progress the options for inclusion for disabled
persons and is contacting for a lot more participation and influence for girls in sport
by way of the IPC Girls in Sport committee.

Paralyzed as a younger woman at
5 years old, Zhang vowed that adversity would not keep her back again and has
excelled training herself as a author and translator she even attained her
qualification as a doctor and enjoys therapeutic people.

A force to be reckoned with, she
faced her problems head on and remarked “they
instruct a lot about the
benefit of perseverance, that even the sternest problems can be defeat with
braveness and hard operate”, incorporating, “It is these
values that I desire now to carry to the Presidency of the International
Paralympic Committee.”

Standing by her campaign
pledges she aspires to develop the influence of the Paralympic Games to construct a
prosperous Paralympic Relatives and to foster a a lot more inclusive international

“I have what it usually takes to lead the IPC. My purpose
is to give the Paralympic Movement new reach and new affect: to encourage
absolutely everyone in all places,” she stated.

With about 8 weeks to go to
the vote on September 8
th, Zhang will surely be a role model to Paralympians
as she forges forward to get her information throughout to the worldwide Movement.

**LAURA WALDEN has above
20-six years of practical experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the
European Olympic Committees with SportEurope below previous IOC President Dr.
Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She labored with the Rome 2004 and
Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge
for the duration of his campaign for the presidency.

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