Denis le Breuilly, third Paralympic Games!

Updated: December 2, 2013

The International Paralympic Committee has appointed Denis Le Breuilly to his third Paralympic Games. As Technical Delegate for Sitting Volleyball, following the London Games, he will once again have the lead role and be responsible for the delivery of both the Men’s and Women’s competitions in Rio in 2016.  Among a total of over forty elements to be organised and ‘signed off’, Denis’s duties and responsibilities will cover not only the competition format  and Schedules, the venue and equipment, but also elements such as VIPs, catering, transport, match entertainment and presentation, TV and press arrangements, the appointment of Games Officials, accreditation, medical arrangements, and security and contingency plans.  This appointment as Technical Delegate is to the same role as he undertook at the London Paralympic Games. At the Beijing Games he participated in a Referee Delegate role.


Le Breuilly founded the Jersey Volleyball Association and the Jersey Open, and refereed ‘able bodied’ Volleyball in the top division of the National League for twenty five years, largely at his own expense. Whilst refereeing the Men’s National Cup Final at Crystal Palace in 1991 he was introduced to Sitting Volleyball, which was being demonstrated at the event.  The following year he qualified as an International Referee with the International Sports Organisation for the Disabled , which later handed over the reins to the ‘World Organisation Volleyball for Disabled’ (WOVD). In his final year as an International Referee, with retirement forced by reaching the age limit in 2001, he refereed the Volleyball England Men’s National Cup Final (able bodied), the European Women’s  Sitting Volleyball Final in Hungary, and the WOVD Men’s Standing World Cup Final in Slovakia. After retirement as an International Referee, and retirement from De La Salle College, Le Breuilly increased his administrative duties and in 2010 was appointed at World ParaVolley Sport Director. ParaVolley is the new branding, among other reasons being to help eliminate the word ‘disabled’ which is not acceptable in many societies.

Part of Le Breuilly’s role as World ParaVolley Sport Director, a purely voluntary role, and as Technical Delegate for the next Paralympics, entails overseeing the qualifying events, which commence with the World Championships in Poland next June. He is currently engaged in helping ParaVolley Africa to organise the first official Women’s Championship on the continent and is hopeful that, after a further qualification event in 2015, an African Women’s team will qualify for the Paralympics for the first time. Any local businesses with interests in Africa, and/or who are willing to explore the possibility of establishing a partnership with World/African ParaVolley to help develop the sport, particularly as a tool for positive change in society, can contact Denis by email denis.lebreuilly@gmail .com or telephone 852969.

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