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Barbara Kendall on becoming an elected member of the IOC

I’ve recently been elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee which is an amazing opportunity for me to be involved in Olympic sports at the highest level. As there are only fifteen athletes out of 115 members I feel privileged as now I have the chance to meet face to face with world sporting leaders and are able to influence some of the big Olympic issues!

There are a few things in particular that I’d like to work on whilst I’m in this position. My passion is with the athletes Career Program which is all about empowering athletes for their future. To make them aware that sport is an amazing vehicle for life opportunities that can help them in their future career paths.I also feel as though communication between administrators and sports people is often poor - this needs to be improved through the awareness of athlete’s commissions.

Finally, I’d like to draw attention to our Oceania Island Athletes because it would be fantastic to get their athletes to Olympic qualifying standards.Of course there’s a lot of work to be done here and it all starts with competent administrators and coaches. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to my new role!

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