www.iwasf.com – IWAS Logo & Motto

LOGOS and MOTTOS

This inspirational new IWAS Logo was developed to reflect the new organisation’s government of wheelchair, amputee and les autres sport and was developed in consultation with the IWAS Executive Board and presented to the IWAS National Member Organisations for adoption.

Reproduction of these logos is subject to standard approvals/permissions which should be obtained from the IWAS Headquarters.

www.iwasf.com – General Assembl

IWAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The IWAS General Assembly, comprising delegates from the national member organisations in good standing with IWAS meet every two (2) years to determine the general direction of IWAS and ratify the activities of the organisation.

2002 General Assembly, Paris, France

2003 General Assembly, Christchurch, New Zealand

2005 General Assembly, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2007 General Assembly, Chinese Taipei

Minutes of the General Assemblies are circulated to member nations within 6 weeks of the relative General Assembly. Copies of the previous General assembly minutes will also be circulated with official General Assembly notification from the Secretary General.

www.iwasf.com – Executive Board

IWAS Executive Board

The Executive Board members are elected at the General Assembly on a quadrennial basis in Paralympic year + one (1). Next elections are therefore in 2009.

Two (2) positions on the Board are appointed to the Executive Board as full members – Hon. Treasurer and Secretary General.

The IWAS Executive Board, excluding the Secretary General as a paid staff member, are the Trustees of the Charity (Reg. No. 1011552) and legally and financially accountable under the laws of England and Wales. All IWAS Executive Board members are Directors of the Company known as International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) (Company Reg. No. 2713410).

The Executive Board sets the strategic direction for the Federation and is accountable under the terms of the Federation’s registrations and to the General Assembly of Nations.

Current Members are:

President Paul DePace USA
Vice President Juan Palau Francas Spain
Hon Treasurer Bob Paterson Great Britain
Secretary General/Executive Director Maura Strange Great Britain
Sports Science & Medical Officer Oriol Martinez Spain
Member at Large Seyed Amir Hosseini I.R. of Iran
Member at Large Radka Kucirkova Czech Republic
Member at Large Karl Vilhelm Nielsen Denmark
Member at Large Rudi van den Abbeele France

Electric Wheelchair Hockey

ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR HOCKEY

History of Electric Wheelchair Hockey

Electric Wheelchair Hockey emerged by accident. In the early seventies a few schools for disabled pupils started giving sports lessons, mainly for severely physically handicapped people. Because of the limited possibilities for the children, (mainly due to restricted muscle power), a game is chosen in which they use a hockey stick and a hockey ball of lighter material. Because of the great similarity with hockey, the same name is used and the word “wheelchair” was added. Later on, the word “electric” was added to indicate that participants make use of an electric wheelchair. This ontogenesis can be seen in all countries where electric wheelchair hockey has developed.

The past shows, this new sport answers the need of many severely disabled people. For example, in December 1978 and 1979 two pilot-tournaments were held in The Netherlands, in 1981 competition starts and on the 26th May 1982, the first national championship ever was organised, in which the best teams of the regions competed. It seems that people with a severe disability can participate for the first time in a team sport. Despite the sceptic attitude of the medical profession (body-exercise could negatively influence the patients’ physical condition) they show that practising this sport stimulates one’s self-esteem and because of that it causes a positive effect to the players. This discussion lead to the fact that Electric Wheelchair Hockey is not used for rehabilitation and nowadays it becomes accepted as a real sport.

Electric Wheelchair Hockey is a provisional IWAS Sport Section and is working towards seeking full Sport Section status.