Lori Okimura of the USA turns into first girl to turn into Full-Time Worldwide Federation President for Sitting Volleyball and Seashore ParaVolley
World ParaVolley, the worldwide sport federation for sitting volleyball and seaside paravolley, enters the yr of the Paralympics with a brand new President and a dedication to enhancing communications and operations in lots of areas for the solely volunteer organisation. Lori Okimura, of Los Angeles, California and Maui, Hawaii in the USA, entered into the full-time place of President on January 1, 2024 after the early retirement of earlier President, Barry Couzner OAM of Australia, who led the group efficiently for ten years.
Okimura beforehand served as Vice President, elected in 2022, earlier than being promoted by way of constitutional succession to President upon the announcement of Couzner’s early retirement. She was appointed beforehand as World ParaVolley’s first feminine Sport Director and served as a technical official since 2016 for sitting volleyball and seaside paravolley. She was appointed a world technical official for the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Paralympic Video games.
For greater than 30 years, she has labored within the worldwide sports activities trade in a number of areas from manufacturing and manufacturing to advertising and marketing and gross sales and most just lately in non-profit governance and government administration. Her volunteer service by means of these years included serving as a Trustee of Protected Sport Worldwide, an advisor to the Basis for International Sport Growth’s Athlete Helpline, as an Government Board Member of Angel Metropolis Sports activities, a humanitarian and adaptive sports activities group primarily based in Los Angeles, California targeted on offering alternatives by means of sport to adults, kids and veterans with bodily variations and impairments.
She served on the Board of Administrators of USA Volleyball for 7 years, 5 years as Board Chair, till her remaining time period led to 2019. She served as a member of the Worldwide Volleyball Federation (FIVB) seaside fee from 2016-2021, and as a technical delegate for the FIVB Seashore Volleyball World Tour since 2004. (Full bio on the World ParaVolley Web site)
“I fortunately hand the reins over to Vice President Lori Okimura with nice confidence that she is one of the best particular person to undertake the function of President. Lori has many a long time of sport expertise and with LA28 developing, her superb connections within the USA will probably reap nice monetary and different advantages for World ParaVolley,” stated Couzner in a farewell message to the Board and World ParaVolley neighborhood at giant in December 2023.
“As well as, she has many worldwide networks with organisations such because the IPC, FIVB, and APSO.”
Okimura turns into the primary feminine, first North American, and first particular person of Native Hawaiian ancestry to carry the full-time place of World ParaVolley President and the seventh particular person to carry out the duties of President since 1980 when Founding President, Pieter Joon (NED) established the World Organisation Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) which was rebranded in 2014 to World ParaVolley. Joon stays Honorary President and was inducted to the Worldwide Volleyball Corridor of Fame in 2022. Beforehand, Anita Goltnik-Urnaut (SLO) served as performing President from 2004 to 2006. The subsequent Presidential election for World ParaVolley can be held in the course of the 2024 Normal Meeting, anticipated to happen on the finish of the yr after the Paris 2024 Paralympics.
“Within the first weeks of the yr, I’ve been assembly with our leaders and members of the neighborhood desirous to share their ideas. I stay up for persevering with a direct dialogue with many shifting ahead because the Board does essential work to formulate the strategic plan for the LA28 Paralympic interval and past. We now have been lucky to have a powerful and efficient chief as Barry, who positioned World ParaVolley effectively to realize our shared targets. I stay up for bringing in additional of my experience and sources to assist deal with areas the place we have now potential to enhance and enhance our capability.”
– LORI OKIMURA
Historical past of Previous Presidents
World Organisation Volleyball for the Disabled
1980 to 2001 – Pieter Joon (NED), Founding President, Honorary President
2001 to 2004 – Juan Pont (ESP)
2004 to 2006 – Anita Goltnik-Urnaut (SLO), Appearing President
2006 to 2010 – Pierre van Meenen (FRA)
2010 to 2014 – Dr. Hossam Mostafa (EGY)
(Organisation grew to become World ParaVolley in 2014)
2014 to 2024 – Barry Couzner OAM (AUS)
2024 to current – Lori Okimura (USA)