By Duncan Mackay

Denmark's John Petersson has been re-elected as President of the European Paralympic CommitteeOctober 5 - Denmark's John Petersson was today re-elected for a second four-year term as President of the European Paralympic Committee (EPC) at its 10th General Assembly and Conference in Dublin.

Petersson, a former swimmer who won 15 medals in the Paralympics, was unopposed in the election at the Crowne Plaza Hotel-Northwood in Dublin.

He had first been elected in Vienna four years ago when he replaced Spain's Enrique Sanchez-Guijo, a former sprinter who won four gold medals. 

Also elected unopposed were vice-president, Croatia's Ratko Kovacic, and treasurer, Britain's Craig Corscadden.

Constitutional changes included abolishing the position of secretary general - which had been held by Italy's Luca Pancelli, who was planning to step down - and the removal of the technical officer in favour of a further member at large position.

There were a number of key elections with three members of the Executive Board stepping down, including Pancelli, athletes' representative Marketa Sidkova from the Czech Republic and Lithuanian National Paralympic Committee President Vytautas Kvietkauskas.

There were six candidates for the five positions of member at large.

The posts were filled by Austria's Petra Huber, Slovakia's Samuel Rosko, Russia's Mikhail Terentiev, Belgium's Denis Jaekan and Britain's Geoff Smedley, who will represent the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability.

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