Miki MathesonEducation Committee Member, International Paralympic Committee & Project Manager,
Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Centre, Japan
Miki Matheson is a member of the Education Committee of the International Paralympic Committee and a project manager at the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Centre. She is a certified teacher who believes that the combined power of sport and education can help create a better world.
Matheson plays a key role in the creation, promotion and implementation of the I’mPOSSIBLE education programme. I’mPOSSIBLE is the official IPC Paralympic education toolkit of resources designed to engage young people in the Paralympic Movement.
She has been passionate about sport all her life and knows the power of sport inside out. She suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 20 in a traffic accident and became a wheelchair user. Sport has helped her put herself back together, and she became a three-time Paralympic Games gold medallist and world record holder in ice sledge speed racing at the Paralympic Winter Games 1998 in Nagano.
Matheson was recently appointed a member of the IOC’s Olympic Education Commission. She aims to leave a positive influence in her home town of Tokyo – where the 2020 Games will be held – through both Olympic and Paralympic education to make new inroads for a better, more inclusive world for all.