The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has had a significant change with a Nick Webborn elected as the new chairman of the organization on Tuesday.
Webborn has vast Paralympic experience having been to nine Paralympic roles with Great Britain, including as the Chief Medical Officer for the whole of London 2012. That is where his experience lies having developed a reputation as a leader in sports medicine.
The vote ends the term of the current chair Tim Reddish, who completed his two terms, each of four years, and has stepped down. The only other candidate was retired 7-a-side football player David Clarke who has now been elected to the board after serving as chair of the BPA Athlete’s Commission.
His involvement in the Paralympic movement has involved a lot of work for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) especially surrounding medical areas. Webborn is on the IPC Medical Committee and the World Anti-Dobing Agency Prohibited List Expert Group. In 2002 his work on the IPC Medical Committee saw him start the IPC Injury Surveillance Programme.
After his successful election Webborn addressed the BPA “I’d like to pay tribute to Tim Reddish in his leadership of the BPA over the last eight years.” He said, “We find ourselves in a great position but I relish the challenge of the forthcoming cycle.”
Following the election Tim Hollingsworth, the Chief Executive of the BPA paid tribute to Webborn, “I would like to congratulate Dr Nick on his election, He has been an amazing part of the BPA’s history already including serving as a superb chief medical officer at London 2012.”
The final elections of the day were to the board with Clarke, Geoff Newton (re-elected) and Forbes Dunlop making up the board for the year.