By Nick Butler

Hall of Fame inductions taking place after the London Olympics in 2012 ©IPCNovember 14 - Nominations for the next round of inductions into the Paralympic Hall of Fame, due to take place during the Winter Games in Sochi next March, have been opened.

Both International Paralympic Committee (IPC) members and the public are encouraged to put forward coaches and former Paralympians from the Winter sports who retired before, or shortly after, the Vancouver Games in 2010. 

In March three new athletes will then be inducted encompassing one female athlete, one male athlete and one coach.

Launched in 2006, the Paralympic Hall of Fame aims to "recognise retired athletes and coaches who have a track record of excellent athletic performance, a history of fair play and participation in community activities or service to the Paralympic Movement."

Hall of Fame election and induction ceremonies take place every two years and coincide with the Summer or Winter Games.

During the last induction ceremony for Winter athletes during Vancouver 2010, inductees included the United States' five-time gold medal winning sit-skier Chris Waddell and Finland's 10-time champion in cross-country skiing Tanja Kari.

Also added was the German biathlon and cross country skiing coach Rolf Hettich.

The last Winter Paralympic Hall of Fame inductees occurred after the 2010 Vancouver Games ©IPCThe last Winter Paralympic Hall of Fame inductees occurred after the 2010 Vancouver Games ©IPC

The last round of inductions took place after London 2012 where four athletes with a stunning total of 100 Paralympic medals between them were inaugrated.

This included America's 41-time Paralympic champion swimmer Trischa Zorn - the most-decorated Paralympian of all-time - and Australia's nine-time Paralympic champion wheelchair-racer Louise Sauvage.

Britain's 15-time Paralympic swimming champion Chris Holmes was also added, as was someone who won 16 gold medals across the three sports of athletics, wheelchair fencing and swimming in Italy's Roberto Marson.

Looking ahead to the next round of inductions, IPC President Sir Philip Craven described the significance of the award. 

"The Paralympic Hall of Fame grows in size and stature each edition of the Games and is an excellent, high-profile way of celebrating historical sporting achievements," he said. 

"It commemorates Paralympians and their coaches who have achieved true sporting excellence and ensures a permanent record and institutional memory is kept of their achievements.

"As with previous years, I expect the standard of nominations to be extremely high and believe the IPC Governing Board will have their work cut out deciding the three inductees for Sochi."

The inductees will be chosen by the IPC Governing Board from the nominations submitted by National Paralympic Committees, International Federations, International Organisations of Sports for the Disabled and regional organisations as well as the public

The deadline for submitting nomination is Wednesday December 18.

They can be sent to to [email protected]