France’s Richard Perot, Guatemala’s Raul Anguiano and England’s Rachel Choong (featured image) have been selected as BWF’s Proud Paralympian Leaders who will inspire and educate athletes on and off the field of play.
The three were selected by BWF and AGITOS Foundation, the development agency of the International Paralympic Committee, from among 13 applicants of eight countries.
Proud Paralympians are para athletes who aspire to compete at the Paralympic Games. The three selected Proud Paralympian Leaders will receive training from 5 to 10 August 2018 in Barcelona. They will then deliver workshops to badminton and non-badminton athletes in 2019 and 2020.
The leader training will involve a course with topics dealing with the Paralympic movement, athlete health and well-being; the pursuit of dual careers; ethics; human rights and working with the media.
“I’m very excited to begin my work as a Proud Paralympian Leader,” said Rachel Choong. “I’ve been competing in para-badminton for more than ten years, so I hope that my experiences and advice can help support and shape other para athletes in the workshops I’ll deliver.”