The Vanuatu Paralympic Committee (VPC) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation.  The VPC works to promote Paralympic sport in Vanuatu at all levels, from grassroots/community to international. The main method of achieving these aims is through the ongoing support of member organisations to run programs and to emerging organisations supporting para-athletes.  
— VPC Strategic Plan 2017-2020


President – Ms Margaret Macfarlane

Vice-President – Mr Jean Noel Anis

Treasurer – Ms Liz Pechan            

Secretary-General – Ms Madlen Netvunei

Athletes Representative – Mr Georges Langa

Board Member – Mr Pierre Chilia


From 1999-2009 the organisation was known as the Vanuatu Disability Sports Federation (VANDISPORTS). In 1999, the IPC recognised a change of name to the Vanuatu Paralympic Committee. The VPC is legally registered with the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission.  

The VPC also is responsible for the participation of athletes in Paralympic Games.  

London 2012 has been reported as the most successful Paralympic Games in terms of ticket numbers and viewer audiences.  For Vanuatu it was the most successful Paralympics with Marcel Houssimoli qualifying for the final of the T37 400m Final, the first time that a Ni-Vanuatu had reached a Paralympic Games Final. 

The VPC Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020 is intended to support the development of a team – coaches, officials and athletes – for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

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The Vanuatu Paralympic Committee (VPC) aims to develop and promote sport in Vanuatu for people with an impairment so that all have the opportunity to play sport at all levels.

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The Vanuatu Paralympic Committee has a mission to:
•    use sport to empower people with an impairment in Vanuatu to develop strength, confidence and belief in themselves;
•    promote equal opportunity for people living with an impairment... (More)

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The Vanuatu Paralympic Committee (VPC) aspires to the values of the International Paralympic Committee:
•    Courage
•    Determination
•    Equality
•    Inspiration

The Vanuatu Paralympic Committee (VPC) has identified strategic priority areas to operationalise the VPC’s Mission, Vision and Values through the 2017-2020 VPC Strategic Plan.  These are:
•    Governance & Reporting Frameworks;
•    Capacity Building (Athlete training, Classification + Coach Development);
•    Improved access to competition in provinces, regionally & internationally;
•    Resourcing (funding, sporting + office equipment, people);
•    Organisational Partnerships; and
•    Promotion, Advocacy & Awareness  

The Vanuatu Paralympic Committee (VPC) has developed four objectives or thematic threads to deliver the Strategic Priorities:

Objective 1: Ensure statutory obligations are met for the VPC through a compliant governance, policy, planning, regulatory & reporting framework;
Objective 2: Build capacity and access to competition (in provinces, regionally & internationally) through Talent Identification Programs, Athlete training, Coach Development & Staffing);
Objective 3: Identify and secure resources (funding, sporting + office equipment);
Objective 4: Undertake promotion, advocacy & awareness to build both public perception and organisational partnerships to support parathletics in Vanuatu

For more information follow the link below to read through the Vanuatu Paralympic Committee's 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. 

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