Swimming Canada appoints 10 members to new High Performance Athlete Council
Swimming Canada announced this week 10 swimmers who will make up the first High Performance Athlete Council.
The council will be co-chaired by the Olympic medalist Sydney–Pickrem and Patrick Waters, member of the 2019 Parapan American Games. The board includes active and recently retired athletes.
“I look forward to engaging with this group of dedicated high performance swimmers and working together to achieve the Board’s mandates,” said Swimming Canada’s CEO. Ahmed El-Awadi said in a statement. “Our Board of Directors is committed to listening to our athletes. The Athletes’ Council is a track that supports this construction of a solid framework of dialogue and understanding between all of our stakeholders. It also provides swimmers with deeper insight into how organizations are run and can help our athletes further develop their life skills.
The board includes Javier Acevedo, Hua-Li Fan, Finlay Knox, Kylie Masse, Rachel Nicol, Emily Overholt, Abi Tripp, Tess Routliffe, Taylor Ruck and Kayla Sanchez. The High Performance Athlete Council held its first meeting on March 9, and a second is scheduled for May 5. It will meet at least three times during the year.
This is the latest in a series of changes aimed at athlete development by the organization. It includes two swimmers from Ruck, who detailed his struggles with an eating disorder late last year, and Overholt, who battled depression before retirement, who have been very public about their health issues. Mental Health.
“I’ve been an athlete with Swimming Canada for a long time now, so I think I can add a voice to help the organization move forward by improving communications and processes with National Team athletes,” said Waters said. “What we really want is a board that will have succession planning in place so that it’s not just a year-to-year process. We need milestones along the way to establish those checkpoints, and that’s our main priority as a board.