PLEŠNIK Janko (SLO) – PVE – WPV & PVE Referee Commission Member; Team Leader of Rules Committee; International Referee (1995-2018) standing and sitting; 1st Referee for three Paralympic Finals; Referee Delegate; International Observer and Tutor



Janko started in Ravne na Koroškem, Slovenia in 1992 at a European club tournament. For him it was, and still is today, amazing to see how hard people with a physical impairment work for each point and express so much emotion when celebrating. After that he became part of this family.

Those who had the greatest influence on his development as a referee were Gaby Lotan and Gerard Brouwers.

Event involvement:

Referee (from 1995 – 2018):

4 Paralympic Games – three Gold Finals (sitting), one Bronze Final (standing)
World Championships (many sitting + 3 x standing)
More than 10 x Zonal Championships – across the Zones
3x Parapan American Games
World Cups, Euro Cups – Clubs, Super 6, national tournaments

Referees Delegate – since 2005, Sarajevo EuroCup
Referees Observer – since 2010, Oklahoma, USA – World Championships
Referees Course Conductor – Lead and Assistant
Competition Manager – WC Sitting VB Women Kamnik, Slovenia 2002

Posts currently held:

World ParaVolley International Referee Delegate and Observer
World ParaVolley Senior Staff Tutor – International Course Conductor
World ParaVolley Referees Commission Member
World ParaVolley Rules Committee – Team Leader (Chair)
ParaVolley Europe Referees Commission Member

Awards received:

2020 World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball Recognition Award
2021 World ParaVolley Standing Volleyball Recognition Award
Plaque of recognition for the contribution to sitting volleyball from sport club ISD Samorastnik , Slovenia at 30 anniversary of the club