Two-time German Paralympian Annegrit Brießmann is likely one of the 4 new additions to the IWBF Players’ Commission. Brießmann joins the Commission as the feminine consultant for the European Zone and he or she defined what drove her to face for election:
“It is of nice significance to listen to the gamers’ voice represented inside the worldwide selections of the IWBF and IPC. Players typically have a distinct perspective as they decide from a group’s perspective which is paramount to basketball. It is strictly this attitude that I wish to carry with my colleagues into the Commission.
“I feel honoured and proud to be part in the IWBF Players’ Commission.”
49-year-old Brießmann was a part of the German girls’s wheelchair basketball group who gained gold on the London 2012 Paralympic Games and silver at Rio 2016, in addition to successful silver on the World Championships in 2014. With her spectacular medal assortment and profitable para-sport profession she attracts on loads of expertise.
“Rules and regulations have to be made with, not for the players. Decision-making processes have to take into account all stakeholders including the players. This will represent true fairness and the spirit of a true sporting character.”
It was not till 2005 that Brießmann was first launched to wheelchair basketball as a part of her rehab following a snowboarding accident that resulted in a spinal twine damage and has felt the influence the game can have. She touched on the intrinsic values inside wheelchair basketball of breaking boundaries and inclusion as she added:
“Wheelchair Basketball has the potential to put inclusion into practice as the game brings people from all walks of life together, with or without disabilities. In no other sport but wheelchair basketball equality is not a vision but a life experience. I hope that this experience can be transformed into other sports and the society as a whole.”
Eight gamers will make up the new IWBF Players’ Commission, established to present worldwide wheelchair basketball gamers a platform and a typical voice within the governance of world wheelchair basketball. Paralympians Annegrit Brießmann (Germany), Hiroaki Kozai (Japan), and John Boie (USA), and 3X3 International Michelle Moganedi (South Africa) will be a part of the unique 4 gamers who had been a part of the IWBF Athlete Steering Committee – Ella Sabljak (Australia), Terry Bywater (Great Britain), Alhassan Sedky (Egypt), and Erica Gavel (Canada).