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ParaVolley Europe elects new Board of Directors

On Sunday November 5th, 2017, the 13th  ParaVolley Europe General Assembly elected a new Board of Directors, which has something of a new look.

The new president Branko Mihorko from Slovenia gained as many votes as federations in attendance. Mr. Mihorko has a long and varied background in sitting volleyball and other Para-sports and has been the PVE Vice President.  Mr. Mihorko automatically joins the World ParaVolley Board as the representative from Europe.

The former President, Mr. Toralv Thorkildsen who has held the position for the last 10 years, did not re-nominate for the Presidency.

The General Assembly was conducted in the presence of Barry Couzner, World ParaVolley President and Ratko Kovacic, European Paralympic Committee President.

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Outgoing ParaVolley Europe President Toralv Thorkildsen (R)
congratulates new President Branko Mihorko (L)

The other elected board members were as follows:

– Vice President: Paul Harmsen (NED)
– Secretary General: Ivana Pavic (CRO) (unopposed)
– Development Director: Rich Stacey-Chapman (ENG) (unopposed)
– Marketing Director: Isabelle Collot (FRA) (unopposed)

The position of Sport Director was not up for election and the responsibility remains with Maciej Chodzko-Zajko (ENG).

The new board would like to thank former President Toralv Thorkildsen (NOR) and former Development director Suvi Blechschmidt (FIN) for their contribution to the ParaVolley movement over the last several years and wish them good luck for the future.

World ParaVolley would like to offer it’s heartfelt congratulations to the elected Board members, and offer most sincere thanks to Ms. Belchschmidt and a particular thanks to Mr. Thorkildsen, who has been at the helm of ParaVolley Europe for many many years, steering it forwards and seeing it built to where it is today.