Under the direction of the ICSD Secretariat, the voluntary but highly respectful role of an ICSD President is to act as a spokesperson for the Deaflympics and World Deaf Championships events and to preside ICSD Congresses. That is just to name a few responsibilities of the leadership position.
Below are the names of the ICSD/CISS Presidents, years in the role, and quick background facts:
Founder and first President (1924-1953), an auto mechanic by profession, came to be known as the deaf version of Baron de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympics.
Second President (1953-1955), a Swedish joiner and woodcarver, sculptor, editor and lecturer.
Jens Peter Nielsen
Third President (1955-1961), a Danish carpenter and lifelong organizer and leader of deaf sports.
Fourth President (1961-1971), a French carpenter, wood sculptor, coffin maker, World War II resistance fighter and author.
Jerald M. Jordan
Fifth President (1971-1995), an American printer, teacher, Director of Admissions and Records at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, and the first CISS President to receive the Olympic Order from the IOC, in 1995.
John M. Lovett
Sixth President (1995-2003), an Australian government administrator who put Australia on the world map of deaf sports.
Donalda Kay Ammons
Seventh President (2003-2009), an American educator and professor at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, who was appointed acting president upon the untimely death of John M. Lovett. At the 2005 Congress she was officially elected to the president position.
Craig Andrew Crowley
Eighth President (2009-2013), A British Chief Executive Officer with senior and executive management experience in voluntary organisations. Craig was previously a sports coach and a Deaflympian. He was also the founding President (Chair) of UK Deaf Sport.
Valery Nikitich Rukhledev
Ninth President (2013-2018), a six-time Deaflympics Champion in Wrestling, one of the ten top ICSD/Deaflympics Athlete of the Century Award recipients, prominent public and political figure on the national and international levels, and long-time deaf sports Executive in his country.
Tenth ICSD President (2018-), appointed President upon the early retirement of Dr. Valery Rukhledev. An Australian lawyer and executive, Rebecca was previously chair of the ICSD Legal Commission and established the Women in Sports Commission.