Gary Lyness, from affiliated group Strictly Wheels, has been elected as the National Representative for the Para Dance UK membership.

Gary, based in Manchester, won a tightly fought race against the incumbent Representative Sharon Edwards. The vote was 50% each and went to a coin toss with Gary the victor at the Para Dance UK national Forum on 10th November 2017.

Gary who has been a passionate advocate of Para Dance Sport Move It Wheelchair dance jivein the UK said: “I’m really excited to take this next step with Para Dance in the UK, having taken part in the sport from Debutante to Top level over the last 6 years I’m hoping to bring that competitive experience to the table and be the voice of the club member and athlete.”

Gary has competed in a variety of National and International competition with his partner Paula Moulton with the couple competing at the 2017 World Para Dance Sport Championships on 21-22 October in Malle, Belgium. Malle, and the couple showcasing their skills at the UK National Para Dance Sport Championships on the 11th November.

Patrick McGeough, CEO, said, “I am really looking forward to working with Gary. I know over the years he has had some great ideas and the Trustees and I look forward to developing more with him and building a stronger and wider membership for Para Dance UK”

The National Representative will serve a Four year term, acting as liaison between the athletes, members and instructors and the Para Dance UK Trustees.