David Smetanine is among the World Para Swimming candidates ©Getty Images

Paris 2024 bidding team member David Smetanine is among 11 candidates standing for the World Para Swimming Athlete Advisory Group (AAG), it has been announced.

The 42-year-old Frenchman claimed a 50 metres freestyle gold medal in the S4 category at Beijing 2008 and has also accrued six other Paralympic medals across the Beijing, Athens 2004 and London 2012.

He was also a member of the Paris 2024 Athlete Advisory Committee and was among the presenters at last year's Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly in Doha.

Elections will take place between September 29 and October 1 at the World Championships in Mexico City.

Each accredited swimmer is allowed to vote for five candidates - with five positions up for grabs.

Others standing include four more Paralympic champions.

Australia's Matthew Levy formed part of a winning 4x100m freestyle relay team at Beijing 2008 while Britain's Matthew Wylie won the S9 50m freestyle at Rio 2016.

Britain's reigning Paralympic champion Matthew Wylie is among other candidates ©Getty Images
Britain's reigning Paralympic champion Matthew Wylie is among other candidates ©Getty Images

Hungarian Tamás Sors won the S9 100m butterfly at Beijing 2008 and American Anna Eames took 4x100m freestyle relay honours at London 2012.

Phelipe Andrews Melo Rodrigues of Brazil, a seven time Paralympic silver and bronze medallist, is also standing.

He is joined by Sven Decaesstecker of Belgium, Nicolas-Guy Turbride of Canada, Antti Latikka of Finland, Inbal Pezaro of Israel and Theresa Rui Si Goh of Singapore.

A head of the Athlete Advisory Group will also be chosen following the elections to serve a four year term.

Candidates were nominated by their respective National Paralympic Committees.

The mission of the group is to "represent the views of the entire Para swimming athletes’ population, including all impairment types, looking for equal gender representation, and making their voices heard within World Para Swimming".