Tomkins sworn in as IOC member4 July 2013
AOC: Australian rowing great, James Tomkins, has been sworn in as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission.
“I am very proud and honoured to become a member of the IOC. Especially as I am coming from Australia which has a fantastic sporting heritage and culture, and has competed in every modern Summer Olympic Games. Personally having been involved in six Olympics and seen the improvements made over all those Games, I want to ensure that those improvements continue for all athletes,” Tomkins said.
Tomkins was a member of Australia’s “Oarsome Foursome” winning three gold medals and a bronze throughout his six Olympics and a rowing career that spanned over 20 years.
“It is a very exciting and proud day for me becoming a member of the IOC and representing athletes worldwide. I'm really looking forward to contributing to the on-going success of the Games and ensuring the Olympic movement is a beacon for society."
He was one of four athletes elected by their peers to the IOC Athletes’ Commission during London 2012 Games. He joins Danka Bartekova from Slovakia (shooting), Kirsty Coventry from Zimbabwe (aquatics) and Tony Estanguet from France (canoe-kayak).
Their election increases the number of IOC members to 104 which includes Australians John Coates and Kevan Gosper.
“James is a great leader and will be an outstanding contributor to the IOC along with the other new members,” Coates said.
The new members will attend their first IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September where six candidates, Richard Carrión, Ser Miang Ng, Thomas Bach, Ching-kuo Wu, Denis Oswald and Sergey Bubka are vying to become the next President of the IOC.
The current IOC President, Jacques Rogge, is stepping down after holding the position for 12 years.