The Australian Paralympic Committee has taken another step to ensure Australia maintains its place among the world’s leading nations by appointing Paul Kiteley as its new Paralympic Performance Manager.

A highly respected sports administrator with extensive experience, Kiteley will join the APC’s Paralympic Performance division to help play a role in assisting Australia’s Paralympic athletes and coaches strive for new great heights.

Working within the APC’s Paralympic Performance division led by Kate McLoughlin, Kiteley will drive the APC’s engagement and collaboration with national federations, state institutes and academies of sport and other key partners to further enhance all of the Australia’s Winning Edge funded programs aiming for success in PyeongChang, Tokyo and beyond.

“In addition to preparing, delivering and managing Australian Teams at Paralympic Games, the APC’s Paralympic Performance division uses a multidisciplinary approach to develop and share specialist expertise of Paralympic sport to optimise the identification, preparation and performance of athletes across all Para-sports,” McLoughlin said.

“Paul has been heavily involved with the APC and Paralympic sport through his previous role with the Victorian Institute of Sport and his involvement with the APC’s successful wheelchair rugby high performance program, and among a very high-calibre field of applicants, he was the candidate we believe is best placed to help us build on the success we achieved in Rio last year.”

“We’re very excited to welcome Paul into the APC family and we’re equally excited to see what he can bring to our organisation and the athletes, coaches, staff, programs and partners we support.”

Joining the APC after a distinguished career at the Victorian Institute of Sport spanning 21 years, Kiteley will begin his role with clear objectives.

“I will bring a very strong emphasis on building partnerships and working closely with the national federations and the SIS/SAS [state and territory institutes and academies of sport] network to ensure we are providing the best possible support for Para-sport.

“To be able to step up into a national role and work with Para-athletes, coaches and experts across all areas of the Paralympic high performance environment was an opportunity that I couldn’t resist,” Kiteley said.

“The Australian Paralympic Team finished fifth in Rio which was a terrific achievement, but no one underestimates the huge challenge we face to achieve a similar result in Tokyo,” Kiteley said.

“We can’t shy away from the fact that we need to improve in all areas as the performance levels of our major rivals, across all of the sports, continue to increase.”

“It’s an exciting challenge for the sports we partner with and a great opportunity for us all to work together to raise the bar.”

Kiteley will be based at the APC’s Melbourne office and will begin later this month.

By APC Media

Posted: 3/3/2016