JOHN »THE WHISK« PETERSSON

/ John loves water as much as numbers. He is passionate in his public role as leader in the Paralympic Movement but equally enjoys active life with his family. /

PARALYMPIC ATHLETE

/ Sports were and still are an important part of my everyday life. /

Sport means fun, health and passion. But at elite sport level it also requires determination. With a history of 15 Paralympic medals in swimming events during five Paralympic Games, I learned to work hard for success. But at the same time I could grow as a person and make close friends amongst officials and rivals. With these friends I now work together for the development of the Paralympic Movement in order to inspire the youth of tomorrow to gain the same experience of life as I could.

— 1984 —
PARALYMPIC GAMES
New York

Result:
2 Events
2 Gold Medals
2 World Records

— 1988 —
PARALYMPIC GAMES
Seoul

Result:
4 Events
4 Gold Medals
4 World Records

— 1992 —
PARALYMPIC GAMES
Barcelona

Result:
5 Events
1 Silver Medal
1 Bronze Medal

— 1996 —
PARALYMPIC GAMES
Atlanta

Result:
6 Events
1 Silver Medal
3 Bronze Medals

— 2000 —
PARALYMPIC GAMES
Sydney

Result:
7 Events
3 Bronze Medals

PARALYMPIC LEADER

/ The Paralympic Family’s Values are a major driver for my daily voluntary work. /

The Paralympic Movement, with the athletes and the Paralympic Games at the heart of it, contributes to the development of a more balanced society with respect and equal opportunities for all individuals. With my voluntary engagement and my decision-making positions held at the national and international level, I want to enhance the Movement’s focus on equality, education and youth sport development.

2000

—MEMBER

of the Executive Committee in the DANISH SPORTS ORGANISATION FOR DISABLED / NPC DENMARK since 2000

2005

—VICE PRESIDENT

of the Executive Committee in the DANISH SPORTS ORGANISATION FOR DISABLED / NPC DENMARK since 2005

2006

—MEMBER

of the INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE FINANCE COMMITTEE
since 2006

2008

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—CHAIRPERSON

of the DANISH PARALYMPICS WORKING GROUP Beijing 2008 and London 2012

2009

—PRESIDENT

of the EUROPEAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE since 2009

2012_2

—CHAIRPERSON

of the INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE REGIONS COUNCIL
since 2012

2013

—GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE

Since 2013, I have been proud Member of the IPC Governing Board. Collectively, the Governing Board is the representative of the IPC General Assembly. The Governing Board is responsible for setting the policies of the Paralympic Movement, and for ensuring that the directions set by the Membership are implemented world-wide.

Business Man

/ My profession is also my passion. /

The Paralympic Movement has become more complex due to growth and being part of global business. Through my business career as Accountant at KPMG and Executive Director at Ernst & Young, and now as Co-Owner and Managing Partner of ADDEA – an auditing, tax and accounting firm with offices in Copenhagen and Roskilde – I learned to strictly handle numbers but also to lead people with the typical Danish approach of participation.

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Bachelor in Business Economics and Mathematics
Copenhagen Business School in 1993

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Master of Science Degree in Business Economics and Auditing
Copenhagen Business School in 1997

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State Authorised Public Accountant
Danish Chamber of Commerce
in 2003

Family Man

/ Working hard is easier with the right support. My family is where all my energy comes from. /

As family man I love spending spare time with my wife Brigitte and my children Mads and Katja. And doing sports together as a family, my kids remind me about working hard for my aims to support the youth every day.

What I stand for

/ I always try to keep my thinking and acting honest and open-minded. /

  • TEAM SPIRIT

    I am convinced that dialogue and teamwork leads to best solutions.

  • RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY

    I believe that we need to respect differences and learn from each other’s experiences.

  • PRUDENCE

    I treat all my duties with accurateness and reliable.

  • POLITICAL INTUITION

    I understand that each step needs to be done at the right place and time.

  • PASSION FOR SPORTS

    I love sports: As athlete, youth coach, and cheering father or spectator.

  • EDUCATION

    I want to make sure that our young athletes are well supported in a holistic approach.

  • YOUTH SPORT DEVELOPMENT

    I am convinced that sports provide many positive opportunities for children. It is the youth that is the Paralympic future.

Contact Me

/ I believe that personal contact ensures best common development. /

John Petersson
Dansk Handicap Idræts-Forbund
Idrættens Hus
2605 Brøndby
DENMARK