AWF returned to the BOA, for their third visit in as many months, for their formal presentation to the Athletes Commissions
LONDON UK, March 18TH, BRITISH OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION – Athletes commission
Chaired by Sarah Winckless, the BOA Athletes Commission is somewhat a star studded line up consisting of Adam Pengilly (IOC Athletes’ Commission) – Skeleton, Ben Hawes – Hockey, James Cracknell – Rowing. Goldie Sayers – Athletics, Henry Nwume – Bobsleigh, Jackie Lockheart – Curling, Heather Fell – Modern Pentathlon, Karen Pickering – Swimming, Christian Malcolm – Athletics, Katherine Grainger – Rowing, Leon Taylor – Diving, Sarah Gosling – Sailing and Kate Walsh – Hockey.
As with previous visits, the ultimate objective was for AWF to gain the formal support of the BOA. The presentation, conducted by President Chris Vidal and Vice President Ash Smith was well received and identified as an achievable model for the UK. Feedback in the immediate term focused on the ability to deliver scholarships for athletes to remain in the UK. AWF are continuing to develop their UK network and plan to meet with Directors of Universities, such as the Open University, which will provide the necessary flexibility for elite level athletes.The BOA are to continue with their planning and preparation process to evaluate the compelling and value added components they wish to include in their policies for the coming Olympic cycle. AWF will continue with their upcoming endeavours and remain the eye of the BOA.