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 seeks new members
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.
Athletes' Commission: Be the voice
Athletes seeking nomination must be over 18 years-old and be either a current or recently retired Paralympian. Retired athletes should have competed at a Games within 12 years of the nomination closing date (7 October).
No more than two members of the Athletes’ Commission can come from the same sport and no more than five members of the group can be retired athletes.
All nominees should have agreement from their NGB and/or current employer to be able to attend all BPA Athletes’ Commission meetings, either in person or virtually – there are six a year.
What you need to do
If you would like to put your name forward for November’s elections, please ask your Team Leader or Performance Lifestyle Advisor for a nomination form. If you are a recently retired athlete, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your NGB for a form.
Your completed form, along with a recent head & shoulder photo, need to be signed by your NGB or, if a recently retired athlete, by two current athletes and returned to email@example.com no later than 5pm on 7 October.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.