Rasmus Dissing Nielsen appointed as IPCH Marketing and Communication Officier

Dear IPCH Friends,
the Sport Executive Commitee has a brand new member!!

We are very very happy to introduce you all to the new IPCH Marketing and Communication Officer Mr. Rasmus Dissing Nielsen.
He is 28 and live in Copenhagen, Denmark. Many of you should know him: he has been playing Powerchair Hockey since 2004 and he is also one of the players of the Danish National Team, so he took part to several European and World Championships.
What you probably do not know is that on a daily basis he is a partner at We Are Wonder, a digital communication company with specialities in social media and video for medium and large brands and companies.
In the summer he is usually quite busy touring Denmark with the largest touring music festival in the country, called Grøn Koncert (Green Concert) as part of the brand and communication team and in charge of Facebook-live, Snapchat and communication through our big screens in front of the stages.

You can imagine how big smiles we all had when we got his message saying that he was more than willing to help and keep up not only the Marketing and Communication Activities but also the vacant role of Marketing and Communication Officer!!!
As already happened with Annemieke van de Vries some months ago, Rasmus will from now on join and support SEC meetings and tasks but, as stated in the rules and regulations he won’t have voting right in the Sport Executive committee since he was not formally elected during the SA.
Welcome on board Rasmus!!!

Two Nations bidding for hosting WC2018

IPCH is very proud to announce that we have received two excellent bids to host the World Championships 2018.

Italy as well as the Czech Republic is applying to host this major event.

The bidding package on paper looks real promising from both nations.

IPCH will visit the sports venues and team accommodations within the next 2 months.

Site inspections will also offer the chance to meet the Local Organisation Committees of both Nations and to have a better look and understanding of the future ideas and projects for the realization of the World Championships 2018.

New Secretary Officer: Annemieke Van de Vries!

Dear PCH Friends,

The Sport Exceutive Committee is really happy and proud to announce that Miss. Annemieke Van de Vries accepted to join the IPCH board offering to support the SEC in the role of Secretary Officer.The IWAS Powerchair Hockey Executive Committee Appoints New Secretary Officer

We are sure many of you will remember her from her from the last EC2016 where she was one of the volounteers of the IPCH Crew. Following her outstanding contributions to the success of the IWAS Powerchair Hockey European Championships 2016 as a member of the volunteer team and identified for her enthusiasm, willingness to help and attitude of problem solving, it was with pleasure than Annemieke accepted her new role.

Annemieke, who is a keen hockey fan and coach herself, will begin the support of the Executive Committee with immediate effect as attentions turn to the IPCH World Championships due to be held in 2018.


She will from now on join and support SEC meetings and tasks but, as stated in the rules and regulations she won’t have voting right in the Sport Executive committee.

Welcome Annemieke!


IPCH Classification Manual released

All rules, policies and procedures for athlete classification, including IPC rules and guidelines which IPCH do follow.

IPCH is really happy and proud to present the final version of the IPCH Classification Manual.

The manual contains all rules, policies and procedure for athletes classification and also all the requirments and information to become an IPCH Classifier, or to request a Classification Session.

This project is the result of the last decisions related to Classification taken by the Sport Assembly and of the huge work of the Classification Committee that has been leaded by Dr. Denis Jaeken until the end of 2015 and in the last year by Mr. Kees van Breukelen who has accepted to succeed to him as Head of the IPCH Classification Committee.

The main goal was to renew and update the Classification system bringing it up-to-date and in line with IPC guidelines and standards, in order to do this a deep analysis and revision of the Classification methods and standpoints have been necessary and also the knowlegde and a good activities of comparisons with other wheelchair sports were useful.

Aims of the revision (following IPC rules and regulations):
1. Focus: focus on ‘impairment based’ classification instead of ‘performance based’ classification.
2. Formulation: formulate a new, modern, IPC compliant eligibility rule.
3. Replacement: replacing the ‘disability-list’ with IPC eligible impairment types.
4. Uniformity: Create uniformity in the classification of athletes with the same impairment type.
5. Transparency: making PCH classification more transparent: sportclass is the sum of Arm impairment profile and Trunk impairment profile.
6. Restoration: restoring the sportclass as an ‘impairment’ class instead of an ‘equipment’ class.

The IPCH Classification system is an ‘eclectic’ system: it comprises approved classification details from other wheelchair sports which are appropriate and were found useful for our sport.
The concept of ‘Volume of Action’ of a PCH player comes from Wheelchair basketball were it is used successfully since 1984 (Official Player Classification Manual, 2014 IWBF).
The TIC (Trunk Impairment Classification), which forms an integral part of the revised IPCH classification formula, is an evident based (part of) classification which do find its origin in
Wheelchair rugby (IWRF Classification Manual, 2015).

The Manual was presented, discussed and approved during the Sport Assembly held in De Rijp on 18th July 2016 and was previously shared also withIWAS and IWAS Sports Science & Medical Officer Mr. Johnson Nino-Soto, MD and also with IPC Classification Managers. 

If you have any doubt or want to know more about how to become an IPCH Classifiers or about the IPCH Classification System please contact : classification@powerchairhockey.org

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