Earlier today, the International Paralympic Committee announced that the Belgian Paralympic Committee announced selection committee for 2016 Summer Paralympics.
The selection committee includes a number of former disability sportspeople including Mark De Meyer who won six athletic Paralympic medals for his country, former men’s national goalball team captain and multiple Paralympian Johan De Rick, former sitting volleyball player and two-time Chef-de-Mission Jessica De Smet, former professional wheelchair basketball player Freddy Hernou, past athletics and swimming Paralympic competitor Sébastien Xhrouet.
It also includes past able-bodied sportspeople, administrators and medical people including Belgian Olympic tennis medalist Dominique Monami. Previously, she has also served on the 2008 Belgian Olympic selection committee. Also on the committee are sports co-ordinator of the Flemish Athletics League Paula Vanhoovels, and doctor Jan Verstuyft.
At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Belgium’s 40 athletes won seven total medals, with five total medals split between athletics and equestrian. This was a big improvement over the country’s 2008 Summer Paralympics performance where the team’s 21 athletes won only one medal, a bronze won by Jan Boyen in cycling.
Going into the 2016 Summer Paralympics season, Belgium is working on developing a 5-a-side football team, and had a men’s team participating at this year’s goalball world championships. The country also has competitors competing at this week’s Canoe Spring European Championships in Germany.