World Triathlon this morning confirmed the newly elected Athletes Committee comprised of 10 representatives from ten different countries, including Australian paratriathlete and Tokyo Paralympian Jonathan Goerlach.
World Triathlon thanked all athletes for their time on voting for their peers to represent them at the Athletes Committee, and of course thank all the athletes that were involved in the process.
“Athletes have been an integral part of the decision-making process since World Triathlon was founded,” said World Triathlon President and IOC Member Marisol Casado.
“I’m very pleased to see such a diverse range of athletes on the committee, with a wide breadth of experience, from athletes coming from developing countries to double Olympic medallists. Me and the whole World Triathlon Executive Board are really looking forward to working with them to make our sport even better.”
Please find below the results of the elections. According to the World Triathlon Constitution, provided interpretation by the Legal & Constitution Committee that the first criteria to be applied is the continental representation, followed by the gender representation. Athletes elected are:
Non Stanford GBR Elite
Kenji Nener JPN Elite
Nicola Spirig SUI Elite
Claire Michel BEL Elite
Richard Varga SVK Elite
Tamas Toth HUN Elite
Allysa Seely USA Para triathlete
Jonathan Goerlach AUS Para triathlete
Mehdi Essadiq MAR Elite
Basmla Elsalamoney EGY Elite
The role of athletes in the decision-making process of World Triathlon has been a fundamental principle of the organisation since its creation in Avignon, France, 1989. The inclusion of two members of the Athletes Committee on the World Triathlon Executive Board has strengthened the role of the athletes and is an integral part of World Triathlon's continued success as an International Federation striving to be ‘athlete centered’.
In 2012, the constitution of World Triathlon was amended. This included a modification to the make-up of the Athletes Committee to include Paratriathletes.
According to the current constitution, the committee is composed of five athletes of each gender, at least one member shall come from each of the five continents, two members shall be Paratriathletes with one from each gender and eight shall be elite athletes with four from each gender.