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 Jawad


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.

Go to Ali Jawad’s profile

Ben Quilter

Judo (retired)

Ben Quilter represented ParalympicsGB in judo at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The former European Champion in the -60kg category won bronze in front of a home crowd at London 2012.

Charlotte Henshaw


Charlotte enjoyed a successful career in the pool, winning medals for ParalympicsGB at London 2012 and Rio 2016 before transitioning to Para canoe.

Go to Charlotte’s profile.

Claire Cashmore MBE


Claire made her debut for ParalympicsGB as a 16-year-old competing at Athens 2004. Since then she has won medals at every level in Para swimming, including six Paralympic medals across three Games. After Rio 2016, she made a successful transition to triathlon.

Go to Claire’s profile.

Grace Clough MBE

Para rowing

Grace Clough only took up rowing in late 2013 but made her Paralympic debut in Rio as a double World Champion. As part of the mixed coxed four she triumphed at her first Games to win Paralympic gold.

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.

Stef Reid MBE

Para athletics

Stefanie Reid won T44 200m bronze at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games before making the switch to long jump. It was a successful move for Reid who went on to claim a silver medal from London 2012 and repeated the feat four years later at Rio 2016.

In 2017 Stef won gold at the World Championships in London and added another European gold to her name 12 months later in Berlin.

Lora Fachie MBE


Lora has represented ParalympicsGB in cycling at London 2012 and Rio 2016. At those first Games in South America, Lora and her tandem guide Corrine Hall won pursuit gold and time trial bronze

Sean Rose

Para alpine skiing (retired)

Sophie Christiansen CBE


Equestrian rider Sophie Christiansen made her Games debut at Athens 2004 and has made a considerable contribution to Great Britain’s outstanding track record at the Paralympic Games, most recently winning triple gold at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.

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