By Michael Pavitt

IWRF have completed a strategic planning session as they look to develop wheelchair rugby further ©IWRFThe International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) has developed a four-year strategic plan to continue to strengthen wheelchair rugby as a Paralympic sport.

The IWRF created the new plan, which sets the agenda for the sport until the close of 2018, at its four-day Strategic Planning Conference in Teddington, England.

Representatives of World Rugby and Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby were present alongside the IWRF Board of Directors and the chairs of the Classification, Competitions and Development Committees to review the progress of the last four-year plan and assess ways of addressing key issues and areas of importance to the sport.

"In reviewing our progress, we were very pleased with the success of the previous strategic plan," said IWRF President John Bishop.

"With this new plan, we are excited and energised for the future of our sport and for the direction this lays out through 2018."

The new plan is set to be approved by the board in March ©Getty ImagesThe new plan is set to be approved by the IWRF Board in March ©Getty Images

The new strategic plan is aimed towards supporting the IWRF's mission of "growing and supporting the wheelchair rugby family", while promoting the sport as a vehicle for providing inspiring role models and changing lives.

The new plan is subject to a final review and approval by the IWRF's board of directors before its proposed release in March.

Wheelchair rugby has been confirmed as one of the 22 Paralympic sports to feature at Tokyo 2020. 

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