Cate Campbell joins AOC Athletes' Commission25 November 2013
Olympic gold medallist Cate Campbell has today joined the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Athletes’ Commission, after the proposal was accepted at the AOC Executive Meeting in Melbourne on Friday.
Campbell won gold as part of the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay team in London, adding to her two bronze medals from the Beijing 2008 Games. In 2013, she became the World Champion in the 100m freestyle, winning the event in spectacular fashion after also picking up silver at the World Titles which were held in Barcelona.
Chair of the AOC Athletes’ Commission, Kim Crow, identified the need to have a swimmer on the Commission, given the important role the sport plays in Australia’s Olympic family, and 21-year-old Campbell was nominated to fill the esteemed position.
“Swimming is an integral part of our Olympic Team and we thought swimming should be represented,” dual Olympic medallist in rowing, Crow said. “Cate will be a fantastic addition to the Commission.”
The AOC Executive was delighted to add Campbell to the Commission, with triple Olympian and Executive Member Nicole Livingstone commenting on her appointment.
“Cate has a very good social conscience,” Livingstone said. “She will be a great contributor.”
Campbell knows all about the highs and lows of Olympic competition and her experience from two Games will be of great benefit to athletes in the lead up to Rio.
“I’m very honoured to be considered and accepted onto the Athletes’ Commission,” Campbell said.
“I am joining a group of truly world class athletes and I hope that together we can make sport more enjoyable for everyone.
As the only swimmer on the Commission, Campbell hopes that she can not only give her sport a voice, but learn from the other Olympic sports.
“We only get to spend time with the other sports every four years so this is a great opportunity to understand more about them and see how we fit in. Seeing how other sports operate and deal with issues can often help give insight into your own sport so I think it can only be positive for swimming to be a part of the Commission.”
The AOC Athletes’ Commission:
CHAIR: Kim Crow (Rowing)
DEPUTY CHAIR: Paul Murray (Cross Country Skiing)
Alana Boyd (Athletics)
Cate Campbell (Swimming)
Steve Hooker (Athletics)
Anna Meares (Cycling)
Lauren Mitchell (Gymnastics)
Jenny Owens (Freestyle Skiing)
James Tomkins (Rowing)
Ken Wallace (Canoe/Kayak)
Loudy Wiggins (Diving)