Fountoulakis re-elected Hellenic Paralympic Committee President13.04.2017
Under his presidency, Greece rounded off their second best performance ever at a Paralympic Games, claiming five golds, four silvers and four bronzes at Rio 2016.
Georgios Fountoulakis was re-elected President of the Hellenic Paralympic Committee at the Governing Board Meeting held on 21 March.
He will serve another four-year term, leading the Greek Paralympic Team to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Under his presidency, Greece achieved their second best performance ever at a Paralympics, winning five golds, four silvers and four bronzes at Rio 2016.
In 2015, Fountoulakis was awarded with the Paralympic Order, the highest tribute a person connected with the Paralympic Movement can achieve, by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for his contributions to the Paralympic Movement.
Fountoulakis worked for the Hellenic Power Company (DEI), where he began to fight for the rights of employees, such as people with impairments. At the same time, he competed in wheelchair basketball, and through sport, he got involved with administration. His tireless efforts led to the development of sports federations for athletes with impairments and eventually the Hellenic Paralympic Committee.
Through the National Sports Federation for Persons with Disabilities and the Hellenic Paralympic Committee, Fountoulakis extended the Paralympic Movement throughout Greece.
He became Chef de Mission of the Hellenic Paralympic delegation at Athens 2004 and London 2012, and Deputy Chef de Mission in Sydney 2000. He was also Chef de Mission of numerous national teams in World and European Championships.