Tom Bosworth, Robbie Britton and Vanessa Wallace take the number of members elected to the commission to 12
Race walker Tom Bosworth, ultra runner Robbie Britton and thrower Vanessa Wallace have been announced as the three additional members elected to the inaugural UK Athletics (UKA) Athletes’ Commission.
Together with the nine members previously elected following the first wave of self-nominations, the commission has been populated to its maximum number of 12 following the conclusion of all nomination processes.
Formed with the purpose of ensuring that athlete voices are heard by UKA’s Performance Oversight Committee and the UKA Board, nominations were invited from athletes who have competed for British Athletics in the last six years.
Following the initial elections, a further attempt to adhere to the minimum representation percentages – at least 33% of members to be: male and female; from able-bodied and Paralympic events; current international athletes (have competed for GBR in the last 12 months); at least 15% of members to be from non-Olympic or Paralympic events and ensuring that the make-up is representative of the British Athletics team in terms of BAME and that there is no more than two athletes from any one event – was made by way of an extension to the self-nomination deadline.
Four of those six minimum criteria has been met and UKA has stated that in the coming months the commission members will look to identify routes by which all the criteria can be fulfilled in the future.
Bosworth, Britton and Wallace join the previously elected members Abdul Buhari (discus), Jamie Bowie (400m), Hannah England (1500m), Dai Greene (400m hurdles), Stephen Miller (club throw), John Pares (ultra running), Isobel Pooley (high jump), Goldie Sayers (javelin), and Richard Yates (400m hurdles).
Each member will be invited to stand for an initial two year term of office, while the commission will vote among themselves to choose who is to become the Chair. The Commission Chair will serve for an initial term of four years and become a member of the UK Members Council as a representative of GB & NI international athletes.
UKA president Jason Gardener said: “I’d like to congratulate Tom, Robert and Vanessa on their successful appointments to the commission following the conclusion of all nominations.
“In addition to the nine members elected back in June, I am sure that Tom, Robert and Vanessa, each of whom have come from different backgrounds and found diverse routes into athletics, will have their own inputs in mind as we strive to continue developing those all-important relationships with current and former international British athletes.
“I have said previously that the commission is something that we will all benefit from having in place, and, now fully populated, the UKA Board and UKA Performance Oversight Committee will look to begin the development of strong relationships with its 12 members; the opinions, ideas and thoughts of whom we look forward to listening to as we strive to continue delivering excellence.”