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Just Shy Of A Decade, Australia’s Paralympic CEO Departs.

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aralympics Australia (PA) chief executive, Lynn Anderson, has announced today her decision to formally depart from her role by the end of the year.

Anderson, who spent six years in the role, said: “This role has been the most amazing privilege.”

“It’s truly left its mark on me and given me so much more than I could ever have imagined.

“I’ve always said that once you witness our amazing para-athletes live at an event you are hooked on the sport for life.

“I will always remain a passionate Paralympic supporter and advocate,” she said.

Prior to stepping down, Anderson will lead from the front as she prepares to join the Australian Paralympic Team in Tokyo next month for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

“I am absolutely committed to seeing PA through the most difficult Games in our history,” Anderson said.

“This means being there every step of the way with our staff and athletes,” she said.

Paralympics Australia president, Jock O’Callaghan, said: “Lynn [Anderson] has always been fiercely proud of the Paralympic movement she loyally represents.”

“Today, on behalf of PA and everyone in the Paralympic family, we recognise the results of her passionate pursuit of better outcomes for Para athletes and for disability sport in Australia.

“Lynn has built an athlete-centric culture at PA, engaging alumni current Para-athletes.

“Her legacy will be felt for many years to come,” he said.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president, Andrew Parsons, said: “As one of the Paralympic Movement’s most high profile female leaders she has been a role model for others within the Paralympic Movement, receiving numerous awards in recognition of her efforts.”

“From all at the IPC, we wish Lynn well for the future and thank her not only for her contribution to Paralympic sport in Australia but the wider Paralympic movement,” he said.

Anderson will formally step down from her role on the 31 December 2021