Since its launch in 2019, the British Triathlon Athlete’s Commission has given athletes the opportunity to raise any concerns and be involved in shaping the progress of the sport.
The Athlete’s Commission, which includes representatives from paratriathlon, triathlon, performance centres and British Triathlon’s performance programme, not only gives athletes a voice but also allows them to develop leadership skills for their future careers.
The new commission will see Alison Peasgood, Sam Dickinson, Helen Jenkins, Harry Leleu and Jack Willis discuss updates from their peers, share best practice from their peers and work together to come up with ways in which to take the sport forwards.
Kristian Thomas from the British Athletes Commission joined the new members to discuss the best way to run the commission to ensure that athletes get the most out of the opportunity.
The commission will continue to meet on a quarterly basis, with representatives offering regular opportunities for all athletes to have time with them to communicate any issues if needs be.
British Triathlon Performance Director, Mike Cavendish, said: “The Athlete’s commission was set up in 2019 and echoed our programme’s philosophy of giving athletes the opportunity to develop as leaders both within the sport and their future careers outside of sport.
“We started the commission with representatives from the performance programme and the performance centres because these are the athletes that we have the biggest interaction with on a day-to-day basis. When the commission progresses, there may be an opportunity that we will expand this and work with other groups of athletes too.
“I am proud of the work that has happened with the athletes in the first year but we all know that we can’t be complacent and we must continue improving to ensure that we can create a better future for the sport.”