JOHN PETERSSON – IPC Presidential Candidate

A Champion for the Movement

SPORTS PERSON

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

Sport means fun, health and passion. However, I know that the elite sports level also requires determination. Winning 15 Paralympic medals, of which 6 gold, in swimming during my five Paralympic Games did not come easy. I have learned to work hard for success. Even today, sport is still a big part of my life and that of my family. While my kids are all grown-up now, they are a permanent reminder to work hard, to support the youth every day and to ensure sport is accessible for everyone.

— 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 Movement’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 great athletes but also to a more balanced society. As an advocate for the Movement, I have held a number of key positions since 2000. I have further built close relations to a broad variety of international decision-makers, ranging from the Olympic movement to the European Union and the United Nations. As IPC President, I wish to use my experience to further enhance the Movement’s focus on its key roles in both sport and society.

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

2012_1

—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 as it has become a global business. Through my career as an Executive Director at Ernst & Young and Managing Partner of my own company, I have learned how to handle complex financial operations and how to lead people through a consultative and participative approach. In 2014, I founded my own finance and auditing consultancy and a successful management firm, which quickly grew to a 40-person team. For my candidacy, I took the decision to sell my consultancy, allowing me the flexibility and independence to run for IPC presidency.

hut

Bachelor in Business Economics and Mathematics
Copenhagen Business School in 1993

hut

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

taschenrechner

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.

My Plans for the Movement

„As IPC President, I wish to use my experience to further enhance the Movement’s focus on its key roles in both sport and society. I am committed to dedicating myself fully to ensuring that we achieve our goals and be a champion for all of you.“

  • MORE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

    Our athletes are the most important asset of the Paralympic movement and I see the development of young athletes to be at the heart of it. Sport should be a right for every child – no matter what ability they have or where they live in the world. I want the IPC to support NPCs in championing youth development. Such support should not only be financial but also emphasise a support for structural development that includes leadership initiatives and education programmes.

  • MORE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH COMPETITIONS

    The Paralympic Games must remain the highlight of the Movement. But it is important that our youth see a clear pathway to the Games. I want the IPC to support its members in developing regional and sub-regional Youth Games, and international youth competitions that can be milestones leading up to the Games. For all members to benefit, youth activities need to be budgeted at the international level and tailored support programmes for NPCs and sports need to be established.

  • MORE REVENUES FOR THE MOVEMENT

    The Paralympic Movement is heavily dependent on IOC contributions and income from broadcasting rights. Building on my experience as an entrepreneur, I plan to create new commercial opportunities and sources of revenues for the IPC in order to better serve all IPC members and the Movement’s cause.

  • MORE INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

    Following the successful approach at the European Paralympic Committee, I plan to intensify partnerships with institutional partners, such as the European Union and the United Nations. Together, new projects can be championed through joint funding structure.

  • MORE COLLABORATION WITH THE IOC AND IFs

    I will establish a stronger working relationship between the IPC and IOC, with a strong Paralympic voice in this partnership. At the same time I will see a stronger collaboration with the International Summer and Winter Federations in order to progress with the independent governance of parasports. This will create a platform for strong growth of all of our sports and a more focused and powerful IPC.

  • MORE TRANSPARENCY IN OUR DECISION-MAKING

    As a CEO and auditor I always work for the professional values of transparency. In my positions in the Paralympic Movement, I have always taken an athlete-centred and solution-oriented approach. I believe in team work and in the democratic process. As president, I want to ensure more transparency in all aspects of decision making. I want to listen to the members’ needs.

  • MORE RECOGNITION AND SUPPORT

    I will build a Paralympic Movement, which works toward inclusion and values the diversity within. This means that I will acknowledge the diversity of all our member organisations – from NPCs to IOSDs – and the sports. I will value the different abilities of all our athletes, and I will work hard to increase direct support to NPCs, where the backing from governments is not sufficient to support the athletes. No member, no sport and no athlete will be left behind.

  • MORE ATHLETE-CENTRED CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

    From my own experience as a Paralympian, I understand the importance of fair competition. The Paralympic Games must remain the highlight of the Movement. To ensure this, we need an athlete-focused classification system and constant improvement of our common fight against doping.

Download my Plans for the Movement:

Contact Me

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