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 three athletes: Ella Sabljak (AUS), Erica Gavel (CAN), 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.

The Athlete Steering Committee are contactable on the following e-mail players@iwbf.org

*NB Carina De Rooij (NED) has stepped down from the group due to personal reasons and time constraints. IWBF Europe are in the process of appointing a new representative to the group.