After 2 1/2 years in the role, Simon Berry has taken the decision to step down as Chairman of the British Para Ice Hockey Association.
Simon took up the role in July 2016, following the sudden departure of the previous Chair. Since then he has worked hard behind the scenes to build our relationships with the International Paralympic Committee and the British Paralympic Association, as well as keeping the game compliant to the various regulatory requirements.
However, Simon will be around for a while after agreeing with representatives of each of the UK teams to have a 12 month handover period to allow for a smooth transition to the new committee and Chair. Simon’s last day as Chair will be the 31st January 2020.
Simon said “It was by no means an easy decision to make, to step down, but it is the correct one for me and the sport.
“As a sport We have always struggled getting independent people on the committee, and to me that’s what the association requires; much like charity’s have with directors on board advising. I’ve been both a player and a coach for many years, which has been an amazing journey.
“I’ve made many friends, in many different countries through the sport. I’ve upset a few on the way also, but in saying that, wow what a trip ‘From Hull to Turin 2006’.
Simon continued “I have a lot of respect for everyone involved past and present, and have to to say that Jake and the Sheffield Steelkings are doing a Stirling job re their club and sport.
“So, once again, thanks to everyone. As usual I have to mention both David Hall and Pat Baily, who inspired me from the very offset, along with many others. If I could dio it all again, I Would not change a thing. Good luck to the new committee – BezzaGB10”
The sport won’t be losing Simon as the former Paralympian will still be playing the sport in the British Para Ice Hockey League.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Simon for all of his hard work and effort since taking on the role.