Athlete Commission Getting Started

ONOC Athletes Commission Information

Below is the statement from the IOC Charter:

Athletes should be well represented at all levels of the sports movement: IOC, IFs, NOCs and NFs”, the IOC encourages NOCs, IFs and NFs to form Athletes’ Commissions.

Mission of an Athletes Commission

To represent the views of the athletes within the Oceanic NOCs, regional federations and national Federations.

First Stage in forming a commission

Composition of members.

A commission needs a minimum of 5 athletes – preferably from different codes.

Athletes that are nominated have been competing at national games within the previous eight years.

All members are to be over 16 years of age and never sanctioned for a doping offence.

The duration on the commission is four years and renewable for a further 4 years.

Both sexes must be represented.

Getting Started.

Use your personal networks through your sport to find 5 athletes that are interested in being part of the athlete’s commission.

Contact your NOC and communicate that you have 5 athletes interested in becoming an athlete’s commission and you would like to have a meeting at the NOC headquarters.

Get the NOC to agree on a time and date – invite more athletes if you can to become part of the meeting to spread the awareness.

Contact one of our ONOC athletes commission members who maybe able to come and assist you at this meeting.

At the meeting nominate a chairperson who you can represent you on the NOC executive board.

Write a letter to the executive board requesting this member be part of their executive board. Contact the ONOC Athletes Commission (Barbara Kendall) Chairperson at this stage to endorse the letter.

At the meeting talk about the issues facing your athletes and come up with some recommendations that you could make to the executive board.

Some of the common issues are – selection issues, uniforms, coaching, training, education.

The ONOC Athletes commission has an athletes questioner you can distribute to your athletes to assist gathering feedback.

Each NOC should have a small amount of funds to help with Athlete Commission activities and meetings.

Second Stage

Once you have an active athletes commission with 5 members meeting once or twice a year you are eligible to nominate an athlete to represent you on the ONOC Athletes Commission.

The ONOC Athletes Commission meets once or twice a year.

Every two years Oceania sends 2 athletes to the IOC athlete’s forum from the commission.

The ONOC Athletes Commission chair sits on the ONOC executive board.

Any IOC athletes Commission member is an ex officio member of the ONOC Athletes Commission.

Third Stage

Getting your athletes to vote for its own athletes commission members during a Pacific Games (or similar games).

Glossary and

ONOC AC Oceania National Olympic Committee Athletes Commission.

ONOC Oceania National Olympic Committees

IOC International Olympic Committee

NOC National Olympic Committees

IF International Federations

NF National Federations


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