The Voice of Great Britain's Elite Athletes
At the BAC, we are always looking for continual improvement in the way we represent all our members across the broad range of Olympic and Paralympic sports. We work both independently and with key partners in the sporting landscape such as the Performance Lifestyle Team to provide advice, support and guidance to athletes throughout their careers and beyond. The role of the BAC has been recognised in the recently published DCMS report on Duty of Care in sport and we therefore need to make sure that we are appropriately organised to truly represent the athletes’ voice in performance sport.
The BAC has an Athlete Advisory Group (AAG) which is a small body of elite athletes past and present that reflect the cross section of sports where are members are. The Chair of the AAG is Susie Rodgers MBE, the Paralympic swimmer. The AAG’s purpose is to inform and guide the BAC Board and executive on both the main matters that affect our members and the BAC’s strategic direction. We are now looking to expand the current group of 10 members to ensure that the AAG better represents the diversity of our members’ sports and the makeup of the membership itself. Attendance at AAG meetings can either be via conference call in person (in London). There are on average 4 times a year plus attendance at the AGM. The AAG members could also be asked to attend ad hoc conferences or meetings involving a variety of sporting matters affecting current or future members of the BAC. such as:
Stakeholder meetings e.g. EIS, UK Sport, Sport Resolutions UK, DKHLT
Athlete Commissions e.g. UKAD, BOA, BPA, TASS
· As an independent non-voting observer in NGB selection processes (selection meetings, orappeals.)
As many of you know the BAC offers a triage service of advice, support and guidance to our individual members and it may well be that an AAG member could add real value to this service with peer to peer mentoring - subject to availability in a voluntary role.
Members of the AAG are required to keep any matters under discussion confidential unless agreed by the AAG chair. Members will also be committed to:
· Equality and inclusion in sport
· Fairness and transparency in governance
· “Clean Sport” as it relates to anti-doping, gambling and classification. ·
In increasing the size of the AAG we are particularly interested in receiving applications from current athletes who want to contribute to their association – the BAC - and we are looking for up to 5 new members. If this is something that is of interest, please write to [email protected] with a statement of up to 500 words outlining any relevant experience you may have combined with your reasons for putting yourself forward by 5pm Friday 30th June.