Paralympians chosen to attend IPC Leadership Summit

June 14, 2010, 6:22 p.m. (ET)
Colorado Springs, Colo., - Three U.S. Paralympians have been chosen to attend a distinguished conference at the end of this month. April Holmes (San Diego, Calif.; track & field), Mike Peters (Seattle, Wash.; soccer), and Jon McCullough (Orlando, Fla.; soccer) will join Paralympians from around the world at the 2010 IPC Athlete Leadership Summit in Bad Honnef, Germany.

This program provides the opportunity for past or present Paralympians to develop leadership and representation skills that will help to further their impact on the Paralympic Movement. The summit is commissioned by the International Paralympic Committee and delivered by the IPC Academy.

Holmes' accomplishments include a gold medal from the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, and a bronze medal from the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece. Holmes also holds the world records in her class (T44) in the 100m, 200m, and 400m. "It is an honor to represent my country, whether it is in the athletic arena or at a leadership conference" said Holmes when asked about her participation in the summit.

Peters participated in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games as well as the 2004 Games in Athens. One of Peters' most recognizable achievements was when he was named to the World All-Star Team during the World Championship in 1998.  Peters said “"I was very excited to learn that I had been invited to this Summit.  I credit the Paralympic Movement for many positive developments in my own life and I am thrilled to have this occasion to learn more about it in hopes of being better able to serve and advance the Paralympic Movement.  In addition to providing opportunities for elite-level competition, the Paralympic Movement provides the possibility for positive change in neighborhoods, national systems, and societies."

McCullough was also a member of both the 1996 and 2004 U.S. Paralympic Soccer Teams. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, McCullough has contributed his part to the Paralympic Movement by previously serving as a Chairman for the U.S. Soccer Federation, looking over all soccer programs for athletes with physical disabilities in the United States.

To be eligible for this opportunity, Paralympians had to compete in the Paralympic Games within the last eight years. Holmes, Peters, and McCullough will also come away with an Executive Certificate from the Manchester Business School and the IPC Academy. The program is scheduled to take place June 25-27.

For more information please contact Amanda Pitcock, U.S. Paralympics, at (719)866-2084 or at