Athlete Committee

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The role of athletes in the decision-making process of ITU has been a fundamental principle of our organisation since its creation in Avignon, France, 1989. The inclusion of elected athletes on the ITU Executive Board has strengthened the role of the athletes and is an integral part of our continued success as an International Federation striving to be ‘athlete centered’.

In 2011, the constitution of ITU was amended. This included a modification to the make-up of the Athletes’ Committee to include Paratriathletes. The new committee is to be composed of ten (10) members (5 men x 5 women), being from a minimum of 3 continents. We are proposing that of the 10 members, a maximum of two Paratriathletes; one is from each gender and from two different continents.

An election needs to be organised in conjunction with the other elections that are taking place at the 25th ITU Congress in Auckland. To do this, we have established the following timelines and procedures:

Tuesday 18 September
The election process begins and nominations forms will be distributed via email to all athletes on the ITU Elite Athletes’ database. Click here to download the nomination form.

Tuesday 16 October
12:01 am (00:01) GMT, Nominations close and will be published in the “Athletes” section of triathlon.org along with the voting procedures and timelines.

18, 19, 21 October
The election process will be reviewed at the Auckland Elite, U23 and Paratriathlon Athletes’ Briefing, and paper ballots will be provided for all those present.

Monday 22 October
An online voting process will be opened for all athletes not able to be present in Auckland. The online voting will be secure to ensure one vote per elite athlete. The online voting will be opened at 12:01am (00:01) GMT and will be open for 48 hours.

Wednesday 24 October
The online voting system will close at 12:01 (00:01) GMT.

Wednesday 31 October
The results of the elections for the Athletes’ Committee will be announced via a news release and on triathlon.org.

NOTE: Any athlete who has had an ITU Ranking / Points within the past four years will be eligible to vote. If athletes are on the start list of the U23, Elite or Paratriathlon Grand Final in Auckland, they will vote with a paper ballot at the briefing. The online voting system on triathlon.org will be available ONLY for athletes not in Auckland. The online voting will require all athletes to use their triathlon.org log-in to vote for the candidates of their choice. If anyone requires log-in details please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Basic questions and answers about the ITU Athletes’ Committee elections:

Who can run for election?
Any athlete who has had ITU Points within the past four years. For paratriathletes, they will need to be on the ITU list of athletes who have performed in any ITU paratriathlon event. This list will be released shortly.

Who can nominate an athlete for election?
Individual athletes can be nominated by either three of their fellow athletes with ITU points / ranking or their National Federations.

How do we nominate someone?
Download and complete the nomination form; have it signed by either three athletes with ITU Points or your NF President or Secretary General and email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before the Tuesday, 16 October deadline. Nomination papers can also be handed to any TD at any ITU event between 15 September and 15 October. Unsigned nomination papers can be emailed by the due date but the signed copy must be delivered to the TD in Auckland before the respective briefing.
Be sure to complete the profile section with photo and send in at the same time so we can post it on the website.

Who can vote?
All athletes who have had ITU points within the last 4 years or who are on the ITU Paratriathlon entry list will be able to vote.

How will the Athletes and Paratriathletes be elected?
The voting ballot will have two (2) lists - one for each gender and those voting will have to select 5 candidates from each list. The ballot will also indicate which athletes are Paratriathletes. The ones with the most votes will win, with a maximum of 1 paratriathlete per gender.

How is the Chair of the Athletes’ Committee decided?
The Chair are elected by the newly elected Athletes’ Committee.

What are the roles and responsibilities of the ITU Athletes’ Committee?
1. Elect 1 representative of the ITU Athletes’ Committee to be a voting member of the ITU Executive Board.
2. Elect a secretary to record minutes of meetings and manage the correspondence. The secretary will stand in for the representative to the Executive Board in the event that they are unable to attend meetings.
3. Have the right to attend the annual Congress of ITU where the Athletes’ Committee has two votes.
4. Obtain and synthesise view of athletes on a range of matters relevant to them by consulting across the spectrum of eligible athletes.
5. Speak at athletes’ briefing and field questions about various topics to discuss amongst the Athletes’ Committee (see 4) and/or pass these concerns onto the relevant person for action.
6. Meet ‘physically’ as a group once a year and online when required as a whole group or in smaller groups as necessary.
7. Act as a liaison between the athletes, the ITU staff and the Executive Board on key issues.
8. Form a subcommittee to interact with the Paratriathlon Committee and relevant staff on key matters relating to the classification project, rankings, event format, and Paralympic matters as the Rio 2016 qualification period approaches.
9. Have an opportunity to be nominated to the attend the annual IOC Olympians forum.

What is the term of office?
The term of office for the Athletes’ Committee is 2 years.  The term will end at the election that will take place around the time of the 2014 Grand Final.

Click here to download the nomination form.