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World ParaVolley Board Meeting highlights summary of strategic planning towards Brisbane 2032

World ParaVolley Board Meeting highlights summary of strategic planning towards Brisbane 2032

World ParaVolley held its first Board Meeting of 2024 in a virtual format to include its members, invited guests, and members of its leadership team of those responsible for commissions and committees. In a true testament to its global composition, the meeting accommodated nine time zones for members and participants originating from 15 countries.

The Board received the summary report of a strategic planning meeting held in early December 2023 in Los Angeles, United States, home of the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games. The meeting facilitator, Wayne Hellquist (CAN), is a professional executive management and communications expert and former long-time vice president of WPV, led the sessions and provided the summary of key points, including:

  • Examining the organisation’s opportunities and challenges that require attention to establish the best possible environment for sustainability (financially, structurally, and otherwise). The foundation of most priorities can be achieved through incorporation as a non-profit entity in the United States. (2022 Board Action in final phase)
  • Implementing best practices and reducing conflict of interest across all areas of WPV.
  • Assessing opportunities looking ahead to the next two Paralympic Games in Los Angeles 2028 and Brisbane 2032, including upholding the popularity and visibility of sitting volleyball, and applying to include the emerging discipline of beach paravolley in the Brisbane 2032 sport programme.
  • Improving and separating the governance structure from the business model for sustainability.
  • Building capacity in key areas, including human resources because WPV is an entirely volunteer-based organization with one contract consultant.

“The Board and thought leaders were actively engaged during the December meetings, and many common points were raised. As a group, we identified many areas that need attention and further advancement. We will also seek to engage more of our volunteer leadership group in conversation moving forward in their area of interest.

 

“Paris 2024 is a priority right now for our operations. We must also look ahead to Los Angeles 2028 and Brisbane 2032 to prepare our strategic plan for implementation starting immediately following the conclusion of the Paralympics later this year.”

 

– WPV President, Lori Okimura (USA)

The Board received updates from key areas for 2024 activities. Glenn Stewart (AUS) provided updates about the Paris 2024 planning.  Stewart serves as the…

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