YOUR ATHLETE COMMISSION IS HERE FOR YOU

The sport landscape is changing, and it’s affecting your life.

Athlete rights. Funding. Team selection. Marketing. Wellness. Fair play. Policy. Sport development. Olympic readiness. These are some examples of issues that decision-makers in our sporting universe address every day. And, no matter what, their decisions will impact your life as an athlete.

That’s why it’s critical to make your voice heard and, more importantly, understood.

Enter: Your Athlete Commission (AC).

GET IN TOUCH
Never hesitate to reach out to the AC. Whether to find the right person to talk to or to get involved. Send a note for more information. Your AC can help you every step of the way!

athletescommission@olympic.ca

LEARN MORE
Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of your AC and why athlete representation is essential to ensuring a fair field of play. Understand how the commission works and take advantage of the available resources to you.
DISCOVER THE STRATEGIC PLAN
The AC’s strategic plan has six main areas of focus: Game Plan, Athlete Rights & Charter, Sport Development, Communications, Marketing & Partnerships and Games Planning & Missions. Check out the visual guide and the AC’s terms of reference.
GET TO KNOW YOUR AC
Oluseyi (Shay) Smith, Chair*
Rosie MacLennan, Vice-Chair*
Mark Pearson, First Officer*
Inaki Gomez, Director at Large*
Jesse Lumsden, Director at Large*
Martha McCabe, Director at Large*
Will Dean, Director at Large
Philippe Marquis, Director at Large
Roz Groenewoud, Director at Large
Hayley Wickenheiser, IOC AC Rep – ExOfficio
Hugues Fournel, Director at Large
Diana Matheson, Director at Large
Christine Nesbitt, Director at Large

*This member has a vote at the biannual COC Session

“Athletes are leaders within the sport community,” says Oluseyi (Shay) Smith, Chair of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s (COC) AC and two-time Olympian in two different sports. “Together we will work to ensure the strategies proposed by the COC fully reflect the betterment of sport and our athletes’ interests.”

YOUR interests, indeed. Nobody knows what you need to be successful better than you. It’s with this in mind that the AC is dedicated to representing you, your perspective and your opinions in front of the COC’s Board of Directors, Sport Canada, the International Olympic Committee and international and domestic sport federations.

In other words, the AC is your seat at the table when it comes to high-level decision making in our evolving sport community.

“(We want to find) new and innovative ways to strengthen the sport community for the benefit of athletes,” said Rosie MacLennan, AC Vice-Chair, two-time gold medallist and three-time Olympian.

For this to happen effectively, being informed is the first step. This is especially true if you want to create positive change for yourself and your athlete peers. Your AC is here to help as an impartial confidante.

As athletes, we share in our commitment to our high-performance lifestyles. This commitment to success on the field of play – and in our individual lives — also means commitment from the highest levels of sport governance. And when decisions are being made about us or for us, it’s essential our viewpoint is at the heart of those decisions.

Your AC’s sole purpose is to make that happen. So, as our sport community continues to change, learn how you can help it change in the best possible way for you.


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