Since being established in April 2020, the IWBF Athlete Steering Committee have been actively preparing the foundations to establish and institutionalise a common voice for wheelchair basketball players in the governance of the sport through a Players’ Commission.

The IWBF Athlete Steering Committee is currently made up of four athletes: Ella Sabljak (AUS), Erica Gavel (CAN),  Terry Bywater (GBR) and Alhassan Sedky (EGY)

The main areas the group are working on include:

  • What the composition of the Player Commission will look like
  • The eligibility requirements to be part of the Player Commission
  • The responsibilities of the Player Commission
  • The election process of the Player Commission

With input from the Athlete Steering Committee, it will be IWBF’s Commission for Legal Matters & Eligibility’s responsibility to draft new General Statutes and Internal Regulations for IWBF that embed the voice of players. A draft of which will be presented to the IWBF Congress in 2022 for approval by its members.

Outside the duties of creating the Players’ Commission, a representative from the Athlete Steering Committee is also invited as a non-voting guest to the IWBF Executive Council meetings to voice their perspective on key issues until the elected Players’ Commission has been established and integrated into the governance of the sport.

As part of the process, the Steering Committee offered opportunities for players to give their feedback on the composition of the Players Commission via an online survey and/or to discuss further in two online forums. The survey and forums attracted responses and input from across the world, with players from a variety of countries including India, USA, Algeria, and Germany. The consultation process was led by the athletes on the steering committee and was designed with the sole purpose to boost exchange and engagement amongst the players’ community.

A pdf version of the presentation presented by the Athlete Steering Committee can be viewed or downloaded here. This is a working document and is still subject to review and consultation.

The Athlete Steering Committee are contactable on the following e-mail

*NB  Terry Bwyater (GBR) replaced Carina De Rooij (NED) who stepped down from the group due to personal reasons and time constraints.