Monday, 27 May 2024

Paralympians Taking the Lead to Empower Fellow Athletes

Two exceptional Paralympians from the USA Volleyball team have stepped up to represent their fellow athletes and make their voices heard. Nicky Nieves has been elected as the women’s sitting volleyball representative to the USA Volleyball Board of Directors, while Eric Duda has been elected as USA Volleyball’s representative to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC).

Nieves, who joined the Women’s Sitting National Team in 2011, brings a wealth of experience to her role. Her crowning achievement came at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games, where she won a gold medal with her team. Off the court, Nieves is actively involved in advocacy as an athlete representative for World ParaVolley and the Pan American Region. She also serves as the director at Limitless People, Inc., based in Florida.

Reflecting on her election, Nieves admitted to some initial doubts but ultimately decided to step forward. Her primary focus is to ensure equitable resources for all national teams, regardless of their discipline.

Duda, a two-time Paralympian and captain of the Men’s Sitting Team since 2012, brings his extensive experience to his new role. He also holds a gold medal from the 2019 Beach ParaVolley World Championships. In addition to his athletic career, Duda serves as the men’s volleyball head coach at Life University in Marietta, Georgia.

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Duda’s election continues the tradition of Paralympians taking on key roles within the USA Volleyball organization. He succeeds Chris Seilkop as the representative to the AAC, contributing his perspective and expertise to assist the sitting teams and gain valuable administrative experience for the future.

The Athletes’ Advisory Council plays a vital role in facilitating communication between the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and active athletes. It serves as a platform for athletes to provide input and advice to the USOPC Board of Directors.

FAQs

Q: What are the roles of Nicky Nieves and Eric Duda in the USA Volleyball organization?

A: Nicky Nieves has been elected as the women’s sitting volleyball representative to the USA Volleyball Board of Directors, while Eric Duda has been elected as USA Volleyball’s representative to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC).

Q: What experience and achievements do Nicky Nieves bring to her role?

A: Nicky Nieves joined the Women’s Sitting National Team in 2011 and won a gold medal with her team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. She also serves as an athlete representative for World ParaVolley and the Pan American Region.

Q: What achievements and contributions has Eric Duda made in his career?

A: Eric Duda is a two-time Paralympian and has been the captain of the Men’s Sitting Team since 2012. He holds a gold medal from the 2019 Beach ParaVolley World Championships. Duda also serves as the men’s volleyball head coach at Life University in Marietta, Georgia.

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Summary

Nicky Nieves and Eric Duda, two esteemed Paralympians from the USA Volleyball team, have taken on leadership roles to represent their fellow athletes. Nieves brings her experience and passion to her new position as the women’s sitting volleyball representative to the USA Volleyball Board of Directors. Meanwhile, Duda, with his outstanding achievements and extensive tenure, steps into the role of USA Volleyball’s representative to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC). Both Nieves and Duda aim to ensure equitable resources for all national teams and contribute to the growth and development of their sport.