We are the Athletes’ Commission for the British Paralympic Association (BPA).
We act as an advisory to the BPA, representing the views of athletes to the BPA Board, Executive Team and Games Planning Group.
We support the BPA in their mission to send a best prepared team of athletes to every Paralympic Games by ensuring the BPA considers athlete feedback and advice on athlete-facing areas.
Our Mission Statement:
- To ensure the viewpoint of the Athlete is represented across all areas of the BPA’s work.
- To lead with integrity, upholding the BPA’s values of excellence, honesty and trust to represent, advocate and communicate the voice of ParalympicsGB athletes, ensuring that the BPA maintains an athlete-centred approach.
Athlete Commission Elections
Representatives serve a maximum of two four-year terms and so this year four members - Claire Cashmore, Sophie Christiansen, Ben Quilter and Stef Reid – will stand down.
Six new members will be elected at this year’s elections, which take place in November, bringing the total number of members to 12.
Members of the BPA’s Athlete Commission:
Ali’s talent for powerlifting was discovered back in 2005 when he was just 16 years old and he has now represented ParalympicsGB at three Paralympic Games, most recently winning silver at Rio 2016.
One of the original ‘superhumans’ from London 2012, Gaz has twice won Paralympic bronze medals at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, where he stepped into the role of player coach.
Helene Raynsford - Chair
Para rowing (retired)
Helene Raynsford became the first ever Paralympic champion in rowing when she won gold at Beijing 2008 in the women’s single sculls.
Libby is a veteran of four Paralympic Games since making her debut at Beijing 2008 as a visually impaired sprinter. Five Paralympic medals later Libby has recently transferred across to cycling.
Recently retired after winning her fifth Paralympic medal at Tokyo 2020, Helen has been one of Great Britain’s most successful tandem pilots forming medal -winning partnerships alongside Aileen McGlynn and Sophie Thornhill.
Go to Helen’s profile