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U.S. Paralympics announces Ann Cody nomination for IPC vice president

Sept. 17, 2013, 11:30 a.m. (ET)
Women in Cable Telecommunications President and CEO Maria E. Brennan, espnW Vice President Laura Gentile, BlazeSports America Director of Policy and Global Outreach Ann Cody, and Women’s Sports Foundation CEO Kathryn Olson pose on stage at the 40 For 40 Event, 40 Years of Title IX, 40 Women Who Have Made an Impact, on June 21, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Women in Cable Telecommunications President and CEO Maria E. Brennan, espnW Vice President Laura Gentile, BlazeSports America Director of Policy and Global Outreach Ann Cody  and Women’s Sports Foundation CEO Kathryn Olson at the 40 For 40 Event, 40 Years of Title IX, 40 Women Who Have Made an Impact, on June 21, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Cody was honored at the event for her impact. 

Ann Cody
Three-time U.S. Paralympian Ann Cody is a nominee for International Paralympic Committee vice president. IPC elections are Nov. 24, 2013, in Athens.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. Paralympics has nominated distinguished Paralympian Ann Cody for the position of vice president of the International Paralympic Committee. Elections for the IPC Governing Board will take place Nov. 24 at the IPC General Assembly in Athens. 

The Secretary-General of U.S. Paralympics, Charlie Huebner, said today that U.S. Paralympics is proud to put forward a person of Cody’s caliber for election to the office of vice president. 

“Ann has an outstanding record as an athlete and executive in the corporate and sport sectors,” Huebner said. “She is a proven performer and has the necessary depth of experience, courage and integrity to represent the interests of every sector of the Paralympic Movement.”

"I am truly honored to be nominated for vice president of the IPC, and grateful for the potential opportunity to continue serve the Paralympic Movement in this way," Cody said.

In addition, she has served on various International Olympic Committee commissions, International Sport Federation executive committee and Games organizing and bid committees.

Cody represented the U.S. as a wheelchair racer at the 1988 and 1992 Paralympic Games and was a member of the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team at the 1984 Games. 

In her business career, Cody has been appointed to senior corporate positions in Washington, D.C. and has been a leading figure in expanding government support for Paralympic sport in the U.S. Her work resulted in an increased use of sport for people with disabilities in U.S. education, public health, international development and human rights sectors.

“Ann Cody has a strong grasp of the opportunities to enhance Paralympic sport and has the experience, expertise and drive to make a powerful contribution to the future direction of the IPC if successful in being elected vice president,” said Jim Benson, president of U.S. Paralympics.

Cody’s leadership and contributions to the Paralympic Movement extend far beyond her service on the governing board.  Cody led the policy reform efforts within the U.S. Olympic Committee resulting in increased resources and a greater focus on the priorities of U.S. Paralympics across the organization. 

As Director of Policy and Global Outreach for BlazeSports America, Cody established strong ties with the U.S. Agency for International Development, UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, and U.S. Department of State while overseeing implementation of sport development and diplomacy programs with Paralympic partners in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe. She also has contributed to the work of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 30.5 that recognizes sports participation as a human right. 

For more information, please contact Jamie Blanchard, U.S. Paralympics, at jamie.blanchard@usoc.org or 719-866-2068.

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